“The decision to leave was not easy,” Iryna said.
“Today I thank God because he sent so many good people in our path,” she added.
Iryna and Sofia shared their story with the pope alongside the Chiriaco family on the stage of the World Meeting of Families, which is taking place in Rome June 22-26.
The Chiriacos said that they made the decision to host the Ukrainian refugees out of gratitude to God. Erika Chiriaco added that the presence of the Ukrainian mother and daughter in their home has been a “blessing from heaven.”
Pope Francis thanked the family for their generosity and for witnessing to what it means to be a “welcoming family.”
“Welcoming is truly a ‘charism’ of families, especially large families,” Pope Francis said.
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