Pope calls on Europe’s parishes, religious houses to take in refugees

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September 8, 2015

A migrant seeks medical attention for a child suffering with heatstroke in the village of Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Laszlo Balogh, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-REFUGEES Sept. 8, 2015.

A migrant seeks medical attention for a child suffering with heatstroke in the village of Roszke, Hungary, Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Laszlo Balogh, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Given the ongoing crisis of people fleeing from war and poverty, Pope Francis asked every parish and religious community in Europe to take in a family of refugees as a concrete sign of hope and God’s mercy.

“The Gospel calls us, asks us to be near the least and the abandoned. To give them concrete hope, not just say ‘Hang in there, have patience!'” he said in an appeal after praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sept. 6.

“Christian hope has a fighting spirit with the tenacity of someone who is heading toward a sure goal,” he said, while he encouraged all of his “brother bishops of Europe — true shepherds,” to support his appeal in their dioceses.

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