WORLD – Pope extends helping hand to migrants

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Pope Francis (right) has taken Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican

Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The three families, including six children, are all Muslim and had their homes bombed during the Syrian war.

The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Francis wanted to “make a gesture of welcome” to the refugees.

Thousands of migrants are now stuck on Lesbos after last month’s EU-Turkey deal to try to ease the flow.

All of those leaving with the Pope were already living on Lesbos before the deal was implemented, the Vatican said.

They were reportedly selected from lots drawn, and will be looked after initially by the Sant’Egidio community, known for their charity work.

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, migrants arriving illegally on the Greek islands from Turkey after 20 March will be deported unless they successfully claim for asylum.

In return, for every Syrian returned to Turkey, the EU will take another Syrian directly from Turkey.

One Response to WORLD – Pope extends helping hand to migrants

  1. seagul April 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Well the Europeans and there devil friends should have a bill from all east midland, and european, and there own country to pay! With legal court warning! They played destroyed murdered damaged planted there dirty sick games for wanted to control this world and steel east midland wealth triggered wars between all the countries and now the ugly-catholics etc … wants saudi to pay for the damage he planted himself.
    The church of orthodox Ethiopian can never be touched by the deceivers–Ras-nubia stands alone.

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