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Pope Francis Calls for Hosting Refugee Families

Pope Francis Calls for Hosting Refugee FamiliesPope Francis Calls for Hosting Refugee Families

Pope Francis has called on every European parish to host one refugee family each in a goodwill gesture that will begin in the Vatican state. It comes as Europe faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

"I appeal to the parishes, the religious communities, the monasteries and sanctuaries of all Europe to take in one family of refugees," Pope Francis said after his Sunday address, RT reported.

He added that it is not enough to say “have courage, hang in there” to the refugees making the dangerous journey into Europe. The pontiff, whose comments were met with applause from the crowd in St. Peter's Square, also said that two parishes in the Vatican will each take in a family of refugees in the coming days.

Francis said the call to action is a "concrete gesture" to prepare for the extraordinary Holy Year on the theme of mercy, which will begin on December 8.

The call goes out to tens of thousands of Catholic parishes in Europe. There are more than 25,000 parishes in Italy alone, and more than 12,000 in Germany, where many of the refugees are hoping to settle.

This is not the first time that Pope Francis has expressed compassion for those fleeing war-torn countries. In June, he said that the mistreatment of asylum seekers “makes one cry,” as they are merely “victims of injustice, of this throw-away economy” and war.

 

Financialtribune.com