WWJD? Pope Francis Tells Catholics To Take In Refugees Fleeing Syria

  • by: Alan Duke

The multitude of men, women and children flowing northwest from Greece and Hungary into the wealthier parts of Europe should get shelter at Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries, Pope Francis said Sunday.

"Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family" Francis made his appeal during Sunday Angelus in St Peter's Square.

"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees that flee death in conflict and hunger and are on a journey of hope, the Gospel calls us to be close to the smallest and to those who have been abandoned, to give them concrete hope," Francis said in weekly remarks to Catholic pilgrims in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square.

Thousands of migrants fleeing death from war and starvation in Syria were crossing into Germany and Austria after an epic march through Hungary.

Citing the example of Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to caring for India's poorest, Francis said the Vatican will take in two refugee families.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer is keeping track of the refugee's plight by scouring social nets worldwide for the hottest trending content. Scroll down to see the latest.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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