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Kyenge backs pope's call to house refugees in empty convents

17/09/2013

'It's a good start' says integration minister

Kyenge backs pope's call to house refugees in empty convents

Rome, September 17 - Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, a doctor who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the nation's first black minister, on Tuesday applauded Pope Francis' proposal of turning defunct convents into refugee centers. "It is with great pleasure that I heard of the proposal made by Pope Francis," Kyenge said. "That is a starting point". The pontiff made the request earlier this month, saying that closed convents were useless to the Church and would serve better if they were useful for housing refugees.