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  Mohammed, a refugee from Egypt, gives a present to the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella (Photo: Centro Astalli).
In a time when the gates of Europe seem closed to people in need of protection, JRS Italy is opening a new reception and integration centre for asylum seekers and refugees.The idea of opening a new centre was inspired by Pope Francis’ appeal to open the houses of religious congregations to host refugees on the occasion of his visit to JRS Italy in 2013.The new centre bears the name of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit who dedicated his life to putting himself in other people’s shoes and looking for the...
Fr Robert Persons, venerable college rome
The 1st of May saw the second in a series of lectures at the Venerable English College in Rome, hosted by Maurice Whitehead. Its to celebrate aspects of the history of the VEC and of the English and Welsh Catholic community, as well as to salute the munificence of Urs and Francesca Schwarzenbach as major donors to the VEC.  The archives at the VEC date back to the foundation of the English Hospice in Rome in 1362 and constitute the oldest British archive outside the United Kingdom....