Pope Francis called on Sunday on every European church parish and religious community to take in one refugee family in a gesture of solidarity, which he said would start in the tiny Vatican state where he lives.
“I appeal to the parishes, the religious communities, the monasteries and sanctuaries of all Europe to … take in one family of refugees,” he said after his Sunday address in the papal enclave.
The pope’s call goes out to tens of thousands of Catholic parishes in Europe as the number of refugees and migrants arriving over land through the Balkans and across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece hits record levels.
There are more than 25,000 parishes in Italy alone, and more than 12,000 in Germany, where many of the Syrians fleeing civil war and people trying to escape poverty and hardship in other countries say they want to end up.
The crowd in St. Peter’s Square applauded as the pontiff said: “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.”
In a separate message on Sunday, the pope, himself the grandson of Italian emigrants to Argentina, made an apparent criticism of a wall Hungary is building at the EU’s border…
MHFM Comment: 2 John 1:10- “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting.” The antipope’s directive apparently didn’t specify Muslims, but most of the migrants are Muslims. His directive, therefore, includes taking in Islamic families.