ROME— Pope Francis responded to Europe’s burgeoning immigration predicament Sunday, seeking each Catholic church on a continent to set an instance of Christian redemption by holding in a family of refugees.
“May each parish, each eremite community, each monastery, each refuge in Europe horde a family,” a pope told a throng in St. Peter’s Square after reciting a normal noon Angelus prayer. He combined that a Vatican itself would accept dual families in a subsequent few days.
The pope has done emigration one of a vital amicable causes of his pontificate. Only a few months after his choosing in 2013, he visited a southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a vital entrance indicate for undocumented immigrants to Europe, where he denounced abounding nations’ insusceptibility to a thousands who had died perplexing to cranky a sea from North Africa.
His latest gesticulate came as Germany and Austria received, around Hungary, one of a largest waves of replaced people given World War II: thousands of migrants, many journey Syria and other war-torn countries.
Some 13,000 migrants had crossed Hungary’s limit with Austria by Sunday afternoon. Most of them were already in Germany, that was operative to discharge them opposite a country.
Leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statute bloc were scheduled to accommodate Sunday night to breeze skeleton and secure appropriation for a effort. The nation appears to sojourn a end of choice for many migrants, in sold Syrians, after it already took in thousands of new arrivals final week.
“In a face of a tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees journey genocide in fight or hunger, and who are on a highway to wish of life, a Gospel calls us, asks us to be near, a littlest and a abandoned,” a pope said.
Pope Francis pronounced holding in a refugees would be a “concrete gesticulate in credentials for a Holy Year of Mercy,” that starts Dec. 8.
The Catholic Church observes supposed festival years for pardons and a discount of sins each 25 years and on other occasions designated by a pope, a tradition desirous by a Bible.
Earlier in a week, a pope announced other gestures for a arriving year of mercy, including a proxy benefaction that will make it easier for priests to lift a excommunications of women who ask redemption for carrying had abortions.
—Andrea Thomas in Munich contributed to this article.