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Pope praises Sweden for welcoming refugees

February 13, 2014

Pope Francis praised Sweden for providing hospitality to refugees, as he met on February 12 with a pair of Argentinians who fled their country to escape the military dictatorship of the 1980s. The Pope reminded the refugees, Carlos and Rodolfo Luna, that he had worked with their mother before becoming a Jesuit, and had later hidden their books in the library of a Jesuit institution in Buenos Aires when the military government had the family under investigation. The Luna brothers now live in Sweden, and the Pope remarked that Sweden has been a haven for refugees "at a time when refugees are not treated so well“ in many other countries.“ At a time when the world has seen an unprecedented number of refugees, he said: "How nice to find people with such a heart!“


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