Thousands of desperate Syrians are fleeing their war-torn homeland for Europe, and Europeans react with grief or fear or shame or sympathy. But while their governments may be slow to help the new arrivals, families and churches are not:

“Germans Open Their Homes To Refugee Roommates,” Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News

“Why Austrians are opening their homes to refugees,” Maddy French, Aljazeera

“Activist convoy picks up migrants,” BBC News

“Amid unabated refugees crisis, pope calls on parishes to take in families,” Anthony Faiola and Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post

“Migrant crisis: the volunteers stepping in to help,” Joel Gunter, BBC News

“Finnish PM offers his home to asylum seekers,” Umut Uras, Aljazeera

“Bayern Munich donate $1.1 million to help refugees,” Tom McGowan, CNN

“Pope: Vatican will shelter 2 families fleeing war, hunger,” Frances D’Emilio, Associated Press

“Chile mulls plan to take in Syrian refugees,” Reuters via Jerusalem Post

“IOC sets up $2m fund for refugee crisis,” Aljazeera

“City of Sanctuary: Bristol rallies to help refugees as aid network swells,” Alexandra Topping, The Guardian

“Icelandic generosity could potentially help thousands of Syrian refugees,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

“Munich mayor: I don’t think about numbers, only refugees’ safety,” Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian

“Google donates €1 million to help refugees in need,” Mark Wilson, BetaNews

“No ‘upper limit’ on number of refugees Ireland will take,” Sarah Bardon, Irish Times

“Australia ready to take more refugees from Syria, Tony Abbott says,” Sydney Morning Herald

“Some Israelis want to take in Syrian refugees. Netanyahu says no.” Ruth Eglash, Washingtton Post

“Syrian refugees challenge us to be better,” Tim Rogers, Fusion


“Christian politicians won’t say it, but the Bible is clear: let the refugees in, every last one,” Giles Fraser, The Guardian

“Hundreds of 3-year-old toddlers have died as a result of the Syrian war,” Adam Taylor, Washington Post

“Passport, lifejacket, lemons: what Syrian refugees pack for the crossing to Europe,” Patrick Kingsley and Sima Diab, The Guardian

“Why people are fleeing Syria: a brief, simple explanation,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox

“Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum?” BBC News

“Europe Doesn’t Have Enough Immigrants,” Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

“The plight of Syria’s refugees deserves more than your good intentions and virtue signalling,” Alex Massie, The Spectator

“UN calls for emergency evacuation of 17,000 refugees on Lesbos,” Nick Squires, The Telegraph

“The Syrian refugee crisis, in four maps and charts,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox

“Syria’s refugee crisis in numbers,” Amnesty International

“Which countries are in the best position to take migrants?” Justin Parkinson, BBC News Magazine

“The refugee crisis: 9 questions you were too embarrassed to ask,” Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, Vox


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