Feb 16, 2024 - News

Newton shelter refutes violence rumors

The American flag displayed outside a church

A Newton fire truck flew the American flag at the funeral service for former State Auditor Joseph DeNucci at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton in 2017. Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A Catholic Church in Newton has been housing up to 30 migrant families since November and is now disputing rumors of violence in its facility.

What's happening: A statement from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish confirmed that yes, the Nonantum parish has been providing emergency shelter since Cardinal Sean O'Malley's October letter encouraging Catholics to aid migrant families.

  • But no, the statement said, the site has not been a center of violence as some have suggested.
  • Private security at the shelter is to protect against protesters, not to police the families inside.

What they're saying: "The families here are in need of our help, not condemnation. We consider these families people not problems," the letter said.

  • The church admitted that some of the children taken in by the church have "tested our fire alarms a few times" but said that's the extent of the trouble.

Read more: The Catholic Church's response to the migrant crisis

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