Pope Francis: Every parish in Europe ‘take in one refugee family’

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The first trip he made after his election in 2013 was to the Italian island of Lampedusa, between Sicily and Tunisia, where many migrants arrive by boat. Vatican City will take two families, he said Sunday.

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  • Bernardo

    It is a Muslim problem. Let countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran take care of it.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    It is NOT a “Muslim problem.” It’s a humanitarian necessity! Bravo Pope Francis! This is real Christianity in action!

    “Blessed are the merciful.”

  • @Sister,

    This isn’t “Christianity in action” – instead, it is humanitarianism.

    Humanitarianism puts the god’s wishes into the trash can where they belong – and it puts human needs first.

  • Doc Anthony

    So, how many Syrian refugee families are “American Atheists: taking in? ZERO?

  • And exactly what are the “god’s wishes”,Atheist Max? And what “god”are you talking about? AND,exactly what atheists’organizations are stepping up to help? Care to name them? HOW ABOUT YOU,MAX??

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Parishes, monasteries, religious communities, convents, basilicas – there is plenty of space and room in all these holy places across the length and breadth of God’s Holy Ground.

  • Betty Clermont

    The pope was embarrassed into having to do something after France and Germany called on the EU to force member countries to take obligatory quotas of refugees and asylum seekers. According to L’Espresso, the Vatican has 10 billion euro assets in Investments in property, stocks, gold, hard currency. I think the pope can afford to help a little. “A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, quoted the pope’s chief alms-giver as saying the Vatican is now deciding which families will be hosted.” (AP)

  • Be Brave

    Atheist Whacks,

    Humanitarianism? It squarely contradicts your religion: evolution.

    Humanitarianism is squarely run by natural forces. What you posit to rise above the natural. There is no logical “reason” to help those being slaughtered by more powerful primates. To take in refugees only threatens and actually does hurt those that nature has favored to be born into better environments. The social carcinogenic nature of Islam towards non-Muslims makes it also clear that “taking in” Muslim refugees is like swallowing a poison that has almost no cure except becoming a Muslim.

    So how is it a humanitarian act to kill oneself and their own family? As Europe is proving, Islam does not reciprocate kindness to others It sees an opening as any parasite does.

    So whatever you want to say Mr. Atheist, it certainly cannot represent “humanitarianism” in any way unless it takes the materialist path nature showcases.

  • Be Brave

    Dr. Cajetan Coelho September 7, 2015 at 5:09 am:

    “Parishes, monasteries, religious communities, convents, basilicas – there is plenty of space and room in all these holy places across the length and breadth of God’s Holy Ground.”

    That Muslims see as enemies of Islam and have destroyed since the founding of the religion by the tyrant Muhammad … that is 100% intolerant of Christians, parishes, monasteries, religious communities that are not Islamic, convents, basilicas, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc..

    These refugees will one day return the favor by beheading their benefactors.

    You left that part out.

  • Dominic

    This is Catholic Action at its best. The Holy Father asks his people to harbor the homeless…what other national leader has done the same? Catholics will respond, too….enough to embarrass the secular world into imitating the Catholic measure so simply undertaken. Kudos to the Pope for once again showing the world how Christ would act.

  • Bernardo

    And how many “American” Muslim families are taking in refugees? Ditto for “American” Christian families like yours?

  • Bernardo

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today’s 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed’s book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means to include flooding countries with Muslim refugees.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim including the topic refugees can be trusted anytime or anywhere…………………………….

  • Morris

    There are many atheist or secular foundations helping out refugees. Don’t be so ignorant. Look here to get started:


    And they aren’t wasting money and time manufacturing and distributing bibles.

    Most of the top individuals donating aid money in the US are atheist or agnostic.

  • Morris

    False. And most of the top individuals donating aid money in the US are atheist or agnostic.

    Put that in your religious hookah with a few pages of your otherwise useless bible, then light and smoke it.

  • @Doc Anthony,

    “how many Syrian refugee families are “American Atheists: taking in? ZERO?”

    While churches waste billions of dollars on their empty churches….

    These NON-RELIGIOUS organizations are trying to save the world :

    Up to 60% of the 22,000 medical volunteers at
    DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS are Atheists and the remaining 40% are glad to have them!
    Foundation Beyond Belief is helping thousands – is 100% Atheist
    Goodwill Industries,
    Bill Gates Foundation,
    Warren Buffet Foundation,
    Oxfam International,
    Rotary International,
    SEED foundation,
    United Children’s Fund,
    National Campaign to prevent Teen Pregnancy,
    Treatment Actin Campaign,
    United States Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers,
    Tanzanian Children’s Fund

    Religion is the cause of most war.
    Without Atheists keeping things together the world would explode from religion.

  • @Ringo:

    “Name the Atheists who help….!”

    While religion caused this Syrian horror story…
    And while churches, madrassas and synagogues waste billions on useless god pamphlets and TV con games…

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Doctors without Borders
    is saving the world with 22,000 volunteers on any given day. Perhaps as many as 70% of the medical volunteers at MSF are likely Atheists.*

    AND What does Religion do!?
    It feeds a few thousand people
    while ENFORCING belief in a God who never shows up
    to save the 17 MILLION CHILDREN who will starve THIS YEAR!

    Without Atheists keeping humanity together
    the world would explode in Religious nonsense.

    *Pew Research
    Most Doctors from Europe and America are non-believers.

  • @BB,

    “Humanitarianism is squarely run by natural forces….”


    Jonas Salk was Atheist – and he saved untold millions of lives lives when he donated the Polio vaccine to the entire world. FOR FREE!

    Paul Newman was Atheist – Raised $370 million in charity for sick children through Newman’s Own. He gave it all away.

    Oskar Schindler was Atheist – saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

    Warren Buffet is Atheist – Billionaire philanthropist has pioneered and donated for countless causes to help solve problems of poverty.


    St. Augustine – “Kill the non believers”
    Hezbollah – “Kill the Jews”
    Hamas – “It is our land because God gave it to us”
    Zionism – “It is our land because God gave it to us”
    Osama bin Laden – “only believe”

    Depravity is as depravity does.

  • @Ringo,


    I donate to the Foundation Beyond Belief and
    Doctors Without Borders.
    They are NON-RELIGIOUS (ATHEIST) organizations.

    But what about you Ringo? What are you doing? Oh, right.
    You don’t have to lift a finger because you are Catholic and your Pope is making you feel good – all you have to do is pray? Nice deal.
    Praying never helped Syrians – yet, why should it help now?

    Religion caused the war in Syria.
    Yet it is Atheists in Germany, Austria and other northern European countries who are now coming to the rescue.

    Yeah Ringo – the average budget for a Catholic Church is in the millions. Yet the Pope thinks ‘one family’ ought to do it.

    Atheists are always the grown ups in the room.

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  • Enough is Enough

    No way am I for the United States taking in even one refugee family. We have enough to take care of here. The average family does not have the resources to take care of any foreign family except what they have. I know I will never hear the end of it from all the bleeding hearts and those who think Pope Francis is a saint. So be it. I am a terrible person.

  • Regina Turner

    saudia arabia has taken in 0 muslim refugees. They have thousands of air conditioned tents sitting empty that would house 1 million of their muslim counterparts, yet that take no one. How about you and the pope work on that first before you try to guilt the rest of us into doing something?