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Italy orders closure of refugee centre

ROME (Agencies): Christian leaders, local government officials and humanitarian organisations raised a cry in late January after Italy’s anti-immigration interior minister, Matteo Salvini, ordered the closure of the Centre for Asylum Seekers at Castelnuovo di Porto, 24 kilometres north of Rome, CNS reported on Jasnuary 23. 
 
Pope Francis celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at the center in 2016 and washed the feet of refugees. 
 
The first 30 asylum-seekers out of 500 were transferred out on January 22. 

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