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Vatican comes under sharp criticism as a video exposes officials denying help to a journalist disguised as refugee


The Vatican

A journalist posing as a Syrian refugee denied help or refuge rrom the Vatican on several attempts.

According to media reports, an Italian TV has aired a video which shows a posing Syrian refugee turned down help and refugee from several priests and Vatican officials.

A 6 minutes video which was produced by an Italian TV channel LA7, shows a fake Syrian refugee being denied help from the Vatican. The fake Syrian refugee was actually a journalist of Arabic origin. The journalist grew his beard nails and pretended to be a Syrian refugee. He pretended as if he had reached Rome to seek help from the Vatican. In the video he could be seen asking for help but several priests refused to help him. What is more, some Vatican officials denied him help on several repeated attempts.

A scene in this video shows the posing Syrian refugee who is actually a journalist is shown trying to convey his request to a representative of the Sisters of Charity of Saints Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa Bartolomea. It could be seen that he was clearly ignored by the representative of this organisation.

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The video reveals negligence of Vatican officials towards the refugees and much criticism has been directed towards the Vatican as a result. It has been supposed that Pope Francis’ appeal and commitment has been ignored by the Church. It has been speculated that the Vatican City has not put an ear to Pope Francis’ request to provide aid to the refugees. Critics perceive a breach between the Pontiff’s speech and action by the Church.

Earlier in September, in an address from St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis had called upon all churches to extend substantial help and support to the refugees. “Before the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing 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,” the Pontiff said.

“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.” Shortly, after this appeal from Pope Francis various churches in Europe started extending aid to the battered refugees who were pouring into Europe.