Pope Francis has called on European parishes and religious communities to offer shelter to a migrant family, the Vatican Radio reports.
The Pope’s appeal came during the Sunday Angelus.
“May Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family” Pope Francis appealed.
To the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said the faithful are called to offer a concrete gesture of hope as indicated in the Gospel.
“Before the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death in conflict and hunger and are on a journey of hope, the Gospel – he said – calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned.”
Reminding the faithful of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Pope said that offering shelter to the needy is a “concrete act of preparation” for the Holy Year.
And turning specifically to his European brother bishops, the Pope asked them to support his appeal and said that in the coming days two Vatican parishes will each be taking in a family of refugees.