Pope Francis urges Europe’s Catholic churches to host refugees – CNN

Vienna, Austria (CNN)Pope Francis implored Catholic institutions throughout Europe on Sunday to show mercy to the flood of refugees arriving on their shores by offering them shelter.

“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe host a family, starting from my diocese of Rome,” Francis said at the end of his Angelus prayers in Rome.

“The two parishes in the Vatican these days will welcome two families of refugees.”

The Pope’s urging came as more than 12,000 migrants poured into Austria on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, arriving at train stations to applause, cheers and pats on the back from Austrians eager to help them.

There were similar scenes at train stations in Germany. In Saalfeld, a crowd of locals stood on the platform clapping and singing in English, “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” as migrants arrived.

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