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Vatican parish hosts Eritrean refugee family

14 gennaio 2016 | 19.16
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The parish of St. Peter's Basilica has provided an apartment for an Eritrean family consisting of a mother and her five children, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Three of the women's children are already in Italy while two others are still in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, although they are expected to be reunited in the coming weeks, the Vatican said, adding that another woman and her child also live in the apartment.

Two refugee families are now being hosted by the Vatican's two parishes in response to the September 6, 2015, Angelus appeal of Pope Francis for every parish in Europe to welcome a family of refugees.

A Syrian Christian couple and their two children have been housed by the Vatican's Sant'Anna parish since September and had an "emotional" meeting with Pope Francis that month, the Vatican said.

The family has sought political asylum and arrived in Rome on 6 September - the day Francis appealed to all European parishes to take in a refugee family.

It is staying in a Vatican apartment near St Peter's Square, the Vatican stated.

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