Five Missionaries of Charity and 14 children from Afghanistan arrive in Rome

The children are part of an orphanage that the missionaries had to close.

Newsroom (27/08/2021 11:55, Gaudium PressFr. Giovanni Scalese and 5 Missionaries of Charity with 14 disabled children arrived in Rome yesterday from Kabul. The children were in an orphanage in the Afghan capital.

The priest was the one celebrating daily mass for foreign residents in the city in a chapel inside the Italian embassy.

“I would never have returned to Italy without these children”, “we couldn’t leave them”, Fr Scalese assured the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

50 children stayed in Kabul

The orphanage where these children come from was founded in 2006 by the Missionaries of Charity. Evidently, they had to close it with the arrival of Taliban forces.

But with the closure of the orphanage there is also sadness, because “there are still 50 mentally handicapped children there that we take care of,” commented Sr.

So far, 2,659 Afghans have been received in Italy, of which a third are children.

“We must thank the Italian army for their work, dedication, for everything… They managed to bring the religious safely, these small seeds of Christian charity present in Afghanistan, and above all we must thank them for bringing our children, those of the Missionaries of Charity, with serious disabilities,” reported Fr Matteo Sanavio, president of “PBK – Pro Children of Kabul”, founded in 2001 after the appeal of St John Paul II: “Save the children of Kabul”. He was at the airport to welcome the Catholics coming from Afghanistan.

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with information from CNA.


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