Vatican City takes in a Syrian refugee family

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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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The family of four are Melkite Greek Catholics from Damascus. They arrived Sept. 6, the day Pope Francis called on European parishes to open their doors to refugees.

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  • 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 he can afford two families. “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) No surprise one family belongs to an Eastern Rite (not “close ties” but part of) Catholic Church.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    When I was homeless, you opened your doors – says the Lord.

  • Tony

    Dear Betty,

    I am sorry but you have totally missed the point of Pope Francis gesture. He is providing an example to Catholic Parishes in Europe and around the world. For example, the Australian Government has agreed to take in 12,000 Syrian refugees. I have engaged with my parish in Sydney, Australia, to consider taking in and supporting a refugee family. This was inspired by his call to action. The response from our Parish is positive. We are well equipped to help a family through our local charities and school,

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