Vatican City, Jun 22, 2022 / 13:07 pm
As millions of refugees fled the war in Ukraine this year, a Catholic family of eight made the decision to welcome a refugee family into their home.
Pietro and Erika Chiriaco live in Rome with their six children. The couple explained to their children during family prayer time that welcoming a refugee family would be “like welcoming Jesus.”
This is how Iryna and Sofia, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter from Kyiv, came to live in the Chiriaco family in the southern outskirts of Rome.
The pair left the Ukrainian capital 10 days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and eventually took a bus to Italy.