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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vatican parishes welcome refugees

Vatican City, 14 January 2016 (VIS) – As our readers will recall, following the Angelus prayer on Sunday 6 September 2015, the Holy Father invited all parishes to host a family of refugees, starting in the diocese of Rome.

The two Vatican parishes, St. Anna and St. Peter, immediately took steps to respond to this invitation, in collaboration with the Apostolic Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski and the Sant'Egidio Community. The St. Anna parish community in the Borgo area hosts a Syrian family made up of a couple with two children.

Similarly, the parish of St. Peter's Basilica, in a large apartment situated in the area of Via Gregorio VII, hosts an Eritrean family composed of a mother and five children, three of whom are already with her in the apartment. Her other two children are still in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, but the Sant'Egidio Community is working to reunite the family by the end of the month or within a few weeks. The youngest child, just a few months old, was born in Norway where the family had arrived, and from where they were sent back to Italy in accordance with the Dublin Convention. The family shares the apartment with a young friend and her young son.

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