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

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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.

Safeguard creation, respond to cries of the earth, the poor, pope says

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While there is not unanimous agreement about the causes of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, Pope Francis repeated his conviction that "a widespread consensus is emerging" that places much of the blame on irresponsible human action.

Addressing participants at a meeting sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Francis said the issue is a matter of justice, particularly because destruction of the environment hits the poorest communities first and hardest.

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