By Carlos A. Quiroga
Let’s welcome a refugee family in every Catholic Center in Europe.
With this order, Pope Francis on Sunday raised both the severity of the immigration crisis in Europe and, more importantly, the need for Christian solidarity move from words to deeds.
“That every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe staying at a family, starting with my diocese of Rome” called Francisco, getting one step ahead of the doubts and even contradictions of European leaders on the immigration wave that has already become the largest in decades.
Europe seems to have not yet recovered from the shock that caused the arrival of Aylan at a Turkish beach. Aylan, a three year old Syrian, died along with his mother and brother in the sinking in the Mediterranean of a small boat packed with immigrants trying to reach Europe.
Now are the Syrians who are fleeing war and famine, in recent months were Africans who tried to find peace and hope in Europe. The refugees are now over half a million this year.
“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees (…) the Gospel calls us to be ‘close’ to the smaller and abandoned, to give real hope,” the Pope said.