The Vatican Takes In Two Persecuted Christian Families From Syria

By Theodore Shoebat

The Vatican took in two persecuted Christian families from Syria. A member of one of the Christian families, the mother, was abducted by ISIS before being rescued. Now the families are living in Vatican owned apartments. As we read in one story:

Three new Syrian families have found shelter and welcome in the Vatican as part of an ongoing effort to provide the means and the tools for integration and a new life of hope for those fleeing conflict and persecution. Altogether 13 people – from two Christian and one Muslim family – have been able make their homes in three Vatican-owned apartments recently vacated by other refugees who have since moved on to more permanent situations.

According to a Vatican press release, two of the families have fled violence and discrimination because of their Christian faith. They arrived in Italy in March.

The first family is composed of the mother, two adolescent children, the grandmother, an aunt and a Syrian woman who lives with them.

The second family includes a young couple with their two-week old baby daughter, Stella, who was born in the apartment they now live in. The mother had been abducted and in the hands of the so-called Islamic State for many months.

The third family first set foot in Italy in February 2016. It is made up of the parents and two children, one of whom with serious health problems. The children both go to school and the mother is following a University course for Intercultural Mediators.

The refugees hosted in the Vatican have all been able to travel safely to Italy thanks to the “humanitarian corridor” project promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy and the Waldesian Table.

The project is a concrete response to the appeal launched by Pope Francis on 6 September 2015 during the Angelus when he called on parishes, religious communities and sanctuaries of all Europe to take in a migrant family.

“Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death on account of war and hunger, and who are traveling toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be ‘neighbors’ to the smallest and abandoned, and to give them a concrete hope” he said.

Thanks to the “humanitarian corridors” 70 families have found welcome in Rome, for a total of 145 people.

The main goals of the self-funded project are:

1. To avoid journeys on the boats in the Mediterranean, which have already caused a high number of deaths, including many children;

2. To avoid human trafficking, preventing the exploitation of human traffickers who do business with those who flee from wars;

3. To grant to people in “vulnerable conditions” (victims of persecution, torture and violence, as well as families with children, elderly people, sick people, persons with disabilities) legal entry on Italian territory with humanitarian visa, with the possibility to apply for asylum.

As well as providing adequate housing, the project foresees a process of integration for those involved which includes Italian lessons. Beyond the hospitality provided, the Holy See also gives economic support to the 21 refugees who came to Italy with Pope Francis from the island of Lesbos, and who have found hospitality in private and religious houses.


  • Flame blue

    Halliluya for the Christians. May the Muslims enjoy their stay in the Vatican because if they stick with bad Muhammad, it’s the closest they will ever get to Heaven!

  • Flame blue

    Sir l don’t know if you are religious but l believe that it’s only what Jesus says about entry to Heaven that counts. Jesus says
    ” He is the Door to Heaven “. So, it’s what He says that’s true and important.

    When the Jewish high priest ( not just any priest) entered the inner Temple, he had to prepare well prior to going into that room and fast and pray, then he would enter the room with a sacrificed perfect animal to give to God. If God didn’t like the offerin ( it was less than perfect) God would take the priest as the offering instead. I know that’s incredible! The priest would enter with a rope attached to his leg, because if Yahweh took his life, he had to be pulled out of the
    ” Holy of Holy” room, because the other priests were afraid to enter to remove the body as they too would die!

    Islam has completely overlooked the decree Yahweh commanded ( blood of a perfect creature) for redemption of sin!

    Disregard what modern day Jews are doing or not doing, they stopped offering up the sacrificial offerings for their sins, and only Messianic Jews for Jesus have the covering for their sins and Christians, as no human is perfect, however Jesus was sinless, truly so, not bestowed on him. Jesus sacrifice for those who accept him as their Saviour is our offering.

    God is perfect, abhors evil, and his justice is perfect. God demands punishment for sins, or a perfect sacrificial offering! God has always demanded a sacrificial offering. God has provided for those who understand He never changes. The Holy man Jesus is the offering for sin, everyone needs to accept his sacrifice for them or else death of their spirit-soul will be the punishment!

    You are in peril spiritually if you cannot believe in Jesus as your Saviour.

  • paulette barrow

    All that money and they took in two families,plz