Nuns lend building to accommodate refugees in Italy

Refugees on Lesbos seeking asylum

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Sisters Servants of Divine Providence of Catania have offered their building in Rome to accommodate refugees who arrive in Italy.

The offer was made to the Office of Papal Charities for the free use to shelter migrants and refugees arriving in Italy. The Sisters lent their building on Via Della Pisana.

The Vatican News reported that Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Pope’s official almsgiver, said that Sisters Servants of Divine Providence of Catania were responding to the “invitation of Pope Francis, who in the Encyclical Fratelli tutti repeats several times the need for adequate hospitality to migrants fleeing wars, persecutions and natural catastrophes”.

The building will be used to shelter refugees, especially for single women, women with underage children, and vulnerable families, who arrive in Italy through the Humanitarian Corridors programme.

The centre can accommodate up to 60 people and will host them in the first months after their arrival, and will then accompany them on their journey to obtain independent jobs and accommodation.

The Vatican News reported how the plight of refugees and migrants is very close to the heart of Pope Francis and mentioned how the Pope personally visited Lesbos in 2016 and on his return, brought along with him to Rome 12 Syrian refugees aboard the papal plane.