Pope says disused convents should house refugees instead of hotel guests
ROME (AFP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday called for disused Catholic convents to be used to house asylum seekers instead of being converted into luxury hotels, speaking during a visit to a refugee centre.
The Pope, who arrived with a single bodyguard, spoke to dozens of African migrants during his visit to the Astalli Centre and also called for greater respect for diversity.
"The Church does not need to turn empty convents into hotels to earn money. Empty convents are not ours, they are for the flesh of Christ, for refugees," the Pope told refugees and staff.
Catholic convents and monasteries in Italy that have been abandoned due to the sharp drop in vocations are often turned into high-end hotels or restaurants - a lucrative and controversial practice.