Aylan Kurdi, R.I.P. Answer Pope's Call to Assist Refugees
08 September 2015 - See more at: http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150908103848#sthash.ipkO4f9v.dpuf
On Sunday 6 September, Pope Francis said, "may every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe take in one family." He added that the two parishes in the Vatican itself would each welcome a refugee family.
"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger... the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned," said the Pope, who asks that welcoming refugee families be part of the build-up to the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will begin this December.
Europe's Catholics were already reaching out to offer help. "Our cell phone doesn't stop ringing. We've gotten 700 emails in five days," says Inês Braizinha, head of communications for JRS Portugal.