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Syrian exodus to Europe shows Christian-Muslim brotherhood – priest

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Fr. Fernando “Dodong” Po gives communion at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Cathedral in Tagbilaran, Bohol. (Photo: Oliver Samson)

MANILA, Sept. 9, 2015 – The continuing exodus of thousands of Syrians to Hungary, Austria, and Germany proves that Christians embrace Muslims and Muslims trust and run to to Christians in times of trouble, a priest said on Monday.

It demonstrates that “we are all brothers and sisters regardless of color, race and religion,” said Fr. Fernando ‘Dodong’ Po, who is based in Bohol.

The Hungarians previously resolved to bar Syrians from entering the country. But when more refugees reached the border, they let them cross and transported thousands to Austria.

Sheltering the homeless

“Love knows no boundaries,” Po said. “Christians live what their faith has taught them.”

According to the priest, the acceptance of Muslim refugees by Christians in Europe is a fulfillment of what the latter are called to.

“Christians should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to homeless,” Po said.

READ: Filipinos in Europe urged to join Pope in helping refugees 

Thousands displaced

France announced it will accept 24, 000 refugees and Britain 20, 000, said a Sept. 7 New York Times report.

Hungary alone received 120, 000 asylum requests this year.

Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, and Great Britain are predominately Christian countries.

Syrians are fleeing civil war in their country, which has already killed over 220, 000 people and displaced 11 million since 2011 according to UN estimates.

Pakistanis, Afghans, and Iraqis, who are seeking freedom away from home, are also joining the mass exodus of Syrians to Europe, the report added. (Oliver Samson / CBCP News)


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