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Pope tells parishes to take in 1 refugee family each

Pope Francis is calling on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican’s two parishes will lead by example.

Calling for a “concrete gesture” ahead of a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting in December, the pope urges “every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe (to) take in a family.”

“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of asylum-seekers fleeing death (as) victims of war and hunger who are hoping to start a new life, the gospel calls on us and asks us to be the neighbor of the smallest and the most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,” he says while giving the Angelus blessing in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.

— AFP

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