Europe’s Catholic parishes face refugee influx with fear, love

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Syrian refugees wait at Idomeni train station at Greece's border with Macedonia, on September 11, 2015. Pope Francis wants every parish in Europe to take in one family. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Syrian refugees wait at Idomeni train station at Greece's border with Macedonia, on September 11, 2015. Pope Francis wants every parish in Europe to take in one family. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    As Christians who are supposed to, “love our enemies,” there is no question about accommodating the refugees. “Do unto others…”, is another admonition from our Savior.
    All refugees, faith or no faith, are to be welcomed and treated with respect.

  • ASF

    Amen, good Sister. Amen. It is my daily prayer that everyday we should “Do unto other…” wouldn’t our world be a Garden of Eden, again? People should open up their homes, hands, and hearts…St Benedict’s Rule would be of service.
    Thank you for your prayers. I will keep you, and all our blessed religious, in mine.