Pope Francis commends Jordan for hosting refugees

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Amman, Jan.8 (Petra) — Pope Francis, on Monday, lauded Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, for hosting Syrian refugees and welcoming them for years.
In a speech to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, Pope Francis called for continuing to introduce peace initiatives in Syria to enable many Syrian refugees in neighboring countries to return home.

He also called for confidence-building measures in Syria and for the international community to facilitate the return of all refugees, including Christians who have fled communities that have had a Christian presence since the time of Christ.” Francis reaffirmed the need to respect the status quo of Jerusalem and refrain from any initiative that exacerbates hostilities.

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