Europe’s refugee crisis stirs consciences, but responses vary

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Migrants are welcomed as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany on September 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Migrants are welcomed as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany on September 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ina Fassbender *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-EUROPE-REFUGEES, originally transmitted on September 9, 2015.

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PARIS (RNS) The leading voices in Europe welcoming the asylum seekers are Pope Francis, who urged all Catholic parishes to take in at least one refugee family, and Chancellor Angela Merkel, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor.

  • David Frensley

    As M_slims, these so-called refugees, will one day turn on the non-M>slim German population. They may look pitiful now, but in a decade or less, they will see the Germans as en_mies of Isl@m.

    History is a pitiless teacher of the stup!d.

  • Larry

    Thank you David Duke Frensley for demonstrating the kind of fact free, paranoid thinking which is becoming popular in light of one of the worst humanitarian crisises to hit the doorstep of the developed world at the moment.

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Shame on those Christians who say they will only accept Christian refugees. They have forgotten the Messiah’s parable about the Good Samaritan! Samaritans were the most hated “foreigners” among the Jews at that time. All Christians should welcome ALL people, regardless of what faith (or none) that person professes. That is the call to love the Messiah commanded and which Pope Francis echoes!

  • Fran

    So true! Jesus said that showing love to our fellowmen would be distinguishing mark of being his true follower! (John 13:35). Jesus even instructed his disciples to love their enemies and to pray for those persecuting them (Matthew 5:44, 45).

    Unfortunately, because we are living in the last days of a wicked era which includes the increasing of lawlessness, the “love of the greater number” has cooled off (Matthew 24:12). In spite of this fact, true Christians should still show love for their fellowman.

  • David,

    Thanks for reminding us all yet again that God is basically Revenge Porn for fascists and sadomasochists.
    Just don’t call it humble. K?

  • Bernardo

    Tis a Muslim crises and should be handled by Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    You must be ki-dding? And once again, you may not want to use John’s gospel as an historical docu-ment as it basically fails in being one.

    Regarding loving your enemies: Here is your hero Paul’s take-

    2 Corinthians 11:13-15

    “13 For such people are fa-lse apostles, de-ceitful workers, ma-squerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for S-atan himself m-asquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also m-asquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

    Then there is this:

    2 Peter 2:12-22

    12 But these, as natural br-ute be-asts, made to be taken and de-stroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall ut-terly perish in their own corruption; et. al.

    Some words hyphenated to defeat a word filter.

  • Bernardo

    And by the way,

    Matt 24:12 fails rigorous historical testing as does ~20% of the NT. e.g. http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb064.html

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Life is short and sweet. We are all privileged to be journeying on God’s Holy Ground and living in God’s time.

  • steve

    One notes the European Jews in Israel refuse to take Syrian refugees in the crisis their country created for all Middle East nations Israel can’t get along with. Yet an unlimited number of Jewish refugees and immigrants are welcomed in Israel.