A refugee family
· The Pope's appeal to monasteries, shrines and communities of religious in Europe ·
A refugee family in every parish, monastery, shrine and community of religious in Europe. This was the Pope's appeal on Sunday, 6 September, in the face of “the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who flee death from war and hunger, and who have begun a journey moved by hope for life”.
At the Angelus in St Peter's Square the Pontiff recalled that “the Gospel calls us to be 'neighbours' of the weakest and the abandoned. To give them concrete hope. It’s not enough to say, 'Take heart. Be patient'”. The Pope then made the invitation to “give expression to an application of the Gospel” during the Jubilee of Mercy by way of welcoming a family of refugees. “I address my brother bishops of Europe, true pastors, so that in their dioceses they back my appeal, remembering that Mercy is the second name of Love”. Above all, the Pope's appeal was addressed to the Diocese of Rome and to the two parishes in the Vatican (St Peter's and St Anne's).
St. Peter’s Square
April 22, 2019
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