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A WORLD CONGRESS OD the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees ended with a call for countries to ratify the UN convention on the rights of migrant workers and their families.

It is "a category that certainly has material needs but, above all, spiritual" needs, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers, told the 5th Congress.

The congress decided "to revise the pastoral programme of human mobility applied to the reality of migration and political asylum," the archbishop said.

He confirmed that the congress' final document includes "an appeal to civil society, and to migrants themselves — a request for legality and the acceptance of the cultural identity of the host country — and finally an appeal to state governments".

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