VATICAN CITY (RNS) — At an event welcoming 33 refugees sponsored by the Vatican, the cardinal in charge of administrating Pope Francis’ charitable work called European bishops to “wake up” and take a stand in welcoming displaced persons fleeing persecution in the world.

“There is great compassion from the Holy Father toward these people, and we are doing everything we can to wake up every bishop in Europe, especially the bishops conferences,” said Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, speaking to a group of reporters on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

“It is a shame for Europe,” he added.

His comments took place during a news conference at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, where the 33 refugees — including 14 minors — arrived from the infamous camps in

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