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Sisters of hospitality in Fermo

In the August issue of the Italian news and culture magazine, “The Voice of the Marches”, Sr Rita of the Little Sisters of Jesus, in Fermo, was asked what the greatest challenge is in welcoming refugees. She replied: “Entering into their lives." The young religious is the head of the center in the town of Fermo, located in the Italian region of The Marches, that welcomesmale refugees between the ages of 18 and 27 years from different African countries, who are seeking political asylum in Italy. Working closely with the prefecture and police forces, the center - which also operates thanks to volunteers and the generous response of local families - places great emphasis on teaching Italian, the key to integration. What is the beauty of this service? Sr Rita replies: “To see that little by little we become a family. To see how different cultures can be integrated. It is interesting to note that dozens of people from cultures foreign to Italy undertake by cleaning their rooms, trying to be on time, giving a hand to those who have difficultycommunicating”.

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