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Published 17/09/2016

Pope Francis encouraged people to
Pope Francis encouraged people to "welcome refugees into your homes and communities"

Pope Francis has encouraged Europeans to welcome refugees, calling authentic hospitality "our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism".

Francis was speaking to alumni of Jesuit schools in Europe who were in Rome for a conference on refugees.

The Pope said: "I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm welcome."

Telling his audience that more than 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, he advised going "beyond mere statistics".

He said each refugee "has a name, a face and a story, as well as an inalienable right to live in peace and to aspire to a better future" for their children.

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Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather for a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator shouts during a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Demonstrators marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrators gather for a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Demonstrators marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather for a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather for a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather for a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators take part in a march calling for the British parliament to welcome refugees in the UK in central London on September 17, 2016. Thousands marched in central London calling on the British government to do more to help refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Thousands of protesters holding banners and placards chant as they march to the Houses of Parliament during a demonstration, organised by Amnesty International, to show support for refugees on September 17, 2016 in London, England. Thousands of demonstartors, joined by refugees, actors and musicians took part in a march today calling on the British government to resettle more refugees in the United Kingdom and to protest the government's handling of the refugee crisis. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A child holds up a placard which says 'Welcome refugees!' during a march to the Houses of Parliament during a demonstration, organised by Amnesty International, to show support for refugees on September 17, 2016 in London, England. Thousands of demonstartors, joined by refugees, actors and musicians took part in a march today calling on the British government to resettle more refugees in the United Kingdom and to protest the government's handling of the refugee crisis. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Thousands of protesters holding banners and placards chant as they march to the Houses of Parliament during a demonstration, organised by Amnesty International, to show support for refugees on September 17, 2016 in London, England. Thousands of demonstartors, joined by refugees, actors and musicians took part in a march today calling on the British government to resettle more refugees in the United Kingdom and to protest the government's handling of the refugee crisis. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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