The Pope Is Asking All Of Europe's Parishes To Take In Migrant Families


Pope Francis asked Europe's Catholic communities to provide shelter to migrant families as thousands of refugees flood the continent.

According to Huffington Post, the progressive Argentinian issued the call on Sunday in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

He said,

A parish typically refers to a Christian congregation with its own priest or pastor.

Italy contains over 25,000 such communities while Germany is home to over 12,000.

Should the request of Francis, the grandson of Italian emigrants, be answered, shelter would be given to tens of thousands of refugees.

Germany and Austria recently received thousands of migrants who were detained in Hungary for several days during a record-breaking influx largely impacted by the Syrian civil war.

The crowd applauded Francis, but at least two countries already expressed disdain toward sheltering migrants of religions other than Christianity, The Washington Post reports.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban reportedly stated,

Slovakia's interior ministry appeared to share this opinion. Ivan Netik, an interior ministry spokesman, said to the BBC last month,

But, Francis recalled the teachings of Christ to counter such views on Sunday. He said,

Vatican City's two parishes will each take in one migrant family.

Francis reportedly played a significant role in launching an Italian initiative to rescue migrants trapped at sea.

Germany has been the most welcoming European nation to migrants with 17,000 coming in over the weekend as Hungary moved to close its borders.

By the end of the year, Berlin expects to receive over 800,000 migrants.

Citations: Pope Calls On Every European Parish To Take In One Migrant Family (Huffington Post), Pope calls on Europes Catholics to take in refugees (The Washington Post)