Italian priests have declared their willingness to “open the church doors of every single parish” to people expelled from reception centres as an anti-immigration law from Italy’s rightwing government threatens to make thousands homeless.
When police arrived at the reception centre in the southern Italian province of Crotone to force out a family and theirsix-month-old baby, Father Rino Le Pera, the regional director of the Catholic charity Caritas, drove them himself to a new home.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he told the Guardian. “They were about to put a six-month-old child on the street. Six months old! Can you imagine?”