The Pope has asked every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, insisting that a “concrete gesture” is necessary to help Syrian asylum-seekers.
Pope Francis announced to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square that the Vatican’s two parishes would be welcoming refugees, and urged, “every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe [to] take in a family.”
The Pope’s call for help comes as members of the public offer to welcome refugees in their homes. The Finish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, singer Bob Geldof, French mayors, and British Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham have all offered to personally host refugees.
The public pressure has slowly started to affect government action. The UK has softened its stance, and will use some of its international aid budget to support Syrian refugees, reportedly agreeing to welcome 10,000 Syrians
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