Pope calls on all European parishes to take in a refugee family
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During the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on European parishes and religious communities to offer shelter to a migrant family.
Vatican Radio said that the Pope called on, “every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, to take in one family.”
And appealing for this gesture of solidarity, he said this solidarity would start right here in the Vatican where two parishes will take in a family of refugees in the coming days.
The Pope said that as we witness the “tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees that flee death in conflict and hunger and are on a journey of hope, the Gospel calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned.”
And reminding the faithful of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, he said that offering shelter to the needy is a “concrete act in preparation” for the Holy Year. – Vatican Radio.
In September last year, Gozo Bishop, Mgr Mario Grech, suggested that every parish in the Gozo Diocese “should host at least one large family of persecuted Christians as a signal of solidarity.”
The Bishop added, “each parish should adopt a family and undertake to provide accommodation where they live, and the means to live.”
” I know that our people have a big heart and could be generous with those in need. I am convinced that as we find ways for other projects that do not compare with this proposal, we can find ways to carry out this act of charity; then, if we do not find the means, we should not be afraid to provide from ourselves,” said Bishop Grech.