The building in Rome, owned by the convent, will be used as a reception center for up to 60 asylum seekers, the chaplain in charge of the Vatican’s charitable activities said on Monday, reports Al-Arabia.
Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, dubbed Pope Francis’ Robin Hood by the Italian press, announced that the center will welcome single women, women with children, and vulnerable families in their first months in Italy.
The reception center will be run by the Catholic Charitable Community of Sant’Egidio, which has been facilitating the arrival of displaced persons from Syria and the African continent since 2015.
Pope Francis recently called for “human welcome” for asylum seekers arriving in Europe.
Last month he expressed solidarity with thousands of refugees displaced by fires in Europe’s largest migrant camp in Greece.