Escalating refugees crisis: Vatican to house two refugees families, Pope urges all churches to take in one refugee family each

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Followed by worst migrant crisis sine the World War II, Vatican has announced to take in two families of Syrian refugees.

According to media reports, the Vatican will be providing shelter to two families of refugees who are fleeing from war or hunger. Syria is witnessing massive migration towards Europe, which has shaped into worst migrant crisis since World War II. Pope Francis himself announced this on Sunday September 6 as he called on Church parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to provide shelter to the refugees of Syria.

“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeting death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,” Pope Frances said.

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It’s not enough to say “Have courage, hang in there. May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family, starting with my diocese of Rome.”

Further, Pope Francis also urged bishops throughout Europe to have their dioceses take up his call to “express the Gospel in concrete terms and take in a family of refugees.” Pope Francis referred to Mother Teresa, who was a European-born nun and cared for the underprivileged in India, while making an appeal to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square.

The Vatican is a tiny city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy. Some of the citizens, of this city-state includes families with children, living in apartments within the confines of its ancient walls. It has two parish churches, including St. Peter’s Basilica.