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Families and Francis


Who were the families that formed Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio's understanding of family life in Argentina? What did these families tell the future pope? What did he learn from them? Those were the research questions with which we dispatched Soli Salgado, NCR Bertelsen intern, to Buenos Aires.

Vatican welcomes its first family of refugees following pope's appeal


Embracing Pope Francis' request to sponsor a refugee family, the Vatican's St. Anne parish has welcomed a family of four from Damascus, Syria.

In an appeal Sept. 6, the pope called on every parish, religious community, monastery and shrine in Europe to take in a family of refugees, given the ongoing crisis of people fleeing from war and poverty.

He said being Christian means giving a concrete sign of hope and God's mercy to those in need.



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November 20-December 3, 2015


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