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ICC Note: Pope Francis, when addressing alumni of jesuit schools, told the crowd to welcome refugees into their homes. This, he said, is the greatest security people have against terrorism. He further explained that hospitality is a vital component of the gospel message. Pope Francis has repeatedly referred to the refugee crisis as the greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII.

09/20/2016 Europe (Christian Post): Vatican leader Pope Francis told hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools that welcoming refugees and helping them settle into society is the “greatest security” people have against terrorism.

“I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome,” Francis said in a speech this weekend to the Members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae.

“Remember that authentic hospitality is a profound Gospel value that nurtures love and is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism,” he added, according to Vatican Radio.

As he has in the past, Francis described the ongoing refugee crisis as “the greatest humanitarian crisis” since World War II, and noted that there are as many as 65 million people displaced from their homes around the world.

The pontiff urged Jesuits to not only look at the statistics, but discover that the refugees are “women and men, boys and girls who are no different than our own family members and friends.”

Vatican leader Pope Francis told hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools that welcoming refugees and helping them settle into society is the “greatest security” people have against terrorism.

“I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome,” Francis said in a speech this weekend to the Members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae.

“Remember that authentic hospitality is a profound Gospel value that nurtures love and is our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism,” he added, according to Vatican Radio.

As he has in the past, Francis described the ongoing refugee crisis as “the greatest humanitarian crisis” since World War II, and noted that there are as many as 65 million people displaced from their homes around the world.

The pontiff urged Jesuits to not only look at the statistics, but discover that the refugees are “women and men, boys and girls who are no different than our own family members and friends.”

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