GUIDELINES FOR THE PASTORAL CARE OF GYPSIES
By Congregation for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (Author)
This Document marks a key moment in the history of evangelisation and human promotion of Gypsies/Travellers/Roma throughout the world. Click here to read the full text.
In 2006, shortly after their publication, Cardinal Fumeo wrote about the need for the Document:
"The need for some Guidelines was evident from the very beginning, but since the specific apostolate of nomads had just started, it was considered appropriate to promote this ministry first of all in those countries where there was a considerable number of Catholic Gypsies, and then prepare the Guidelines based on the experience and studies. Now after more than four decades I can happily say that the pastoral care of Gypsies is well established in almost all countries of Europe, in some areas of South and Central America and in some countries of Asia such as India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. This is undoubtedly an expression of the Church's missionary solicitude. Therefore this document is addressed not only to all those who are involved - Gypsies or not - in this specific pastoral field, but also to the Church set up in the territory (Guidelines no. 4)."
In 2015, the church will be celebrating the first decade of the publication of these guidelines.