Dec 7, 2009, 2:00 PM
The church is not a heavenly entity detached from the world but it is part of the world and has the role of leading the every day events of the world to God. According to one of the documents of the mission of the church, Evangeli nuntiandi, no.8, “the nature and mission of the church is to evangelize.” This means that the church exists in order to make Jesus Christ known and loved throughout the world.
In the Bible especially in the Acts 2:5-12 it is recorded that
With this view, the church therefore is a collaborator with any well meaning or recognized association that is involved in Tourism. Every year the church collaborates with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to mark World Tourism Day. This year the day was marked on the 27th September 2011. The church through the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Itinerant people celebrated the day by giving a message. The message was tied to the theme which was, “Tourism linking cultures”.
In its message, the church lends its support to the fact that in Tourism in as much as it is to do with travelling and welcoming, there should be a proper ethics of welcoming. In this, the tourism policies should be fitting to acknowledge the culture of those visiting and those welcoming. This should be well spelt out so that when there is meeting of cultures through tourism then there will be an opportunity of enrichment and avoidance of culture clashes or crisis.
According to the magisterium of the church, there should be an acknowledgement of cultural diversity. Pope Benedict XVI affirms this in this manner, “that once diversity has been accepted as a positive factor it is necessary to ensure that people not only accept the existence of other cultures but also desire to be enriched by them.” The Pope here affirms that if peoples acknowledge the differences in their life styles, relationships, beliefs and values then they can exchange or share the true, good and beautiful things in them.
The church in its pastoral role encourages good cultural exchanges in Tourism and in its history and tradition which is linked up with faith always makes this available. In its pastoral role also, the church always opens its doors to welcome Tourists and visitors who come to churches and admire or study the beauty and history of the structures in the church buildings. Whenever Tourists visit places and countries some of them seek for Cathedral Churches of the countries they visit. In the
The church in its pastoral role, avail the times of church worship hours or the celebration of holy mass to hotels. This makes it easy for Tourists and visitors to be able to access worship times in the countries they visit. The tourists would during these times, admire the different forms of worship of the countries they visit or the beautiful religious music they hear. For those who have interest in music, they will learn and add to the volumes of religious music that they would collect.
The church also being an authority in faith and morals can guide the ministry of Tourism through the religious moral norms to follow in order to safe guard the Tourism in the