40 WYD pilgrims seeking asylum in Brazil
August 23, 2013
The UN’s High Commission for Refugees has disclosed that about 40 people who traveled to Brazil for World Youth Day celebrations in July have subsequent applied for asylum there.
The asylum-seekers include some who live in countries where Catholics face persecution, and others seeking to escape from warfare or political oppression. The UN agency said that the group includes people from Pakistan, Congo, and Sierra Leone.
While the Brazilian government processes the asylum requests, the applicants are receiving care from the Catholic Church. in some cases, they are still staying with families who provided them with temporary housing for World Youth Day.
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