Vatican to open reception center for migrants in Rome

A building in Rome belonging to nuns will be transformed into a reception center for around sixty refugees, the chaplain responsible for Pope Francis' charities announced on Monday, October 12.

Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski - sometimes nicknamed the Pope's “Robin Hood” by the Italian press - said in a statement that the center would particularly welcome single women or women with children, or even vulnerable families, during their first years. months in Italy after their arrival thanks to humanitarian corridors.

The need to welcome migrants with dignity was reiterated by Pope Francis in a recent encyclical letter devoted to fraternity, he stressed. The Roman building was placed at the disposal of the Pope free of charge by the Sicilian sisters of “Divine Providence of Catania”. The reception center will be managed by the Italian lay Catholic community Sant'Egidio, which since 2015 has been organizing humanitarian corridors from Syria, the Horn of Africa and Greece.

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