Pope decides migrant crisis is out of control..so takes a WHOPPING 12 back to the Vatican
Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos.
By LAURA MOWAT
A group of Syrian refugees boards a plane with Pope Francis at the airport of Mytilene, on the islan
The three Muslim families that he has taken back to Italy with him include six children who had their homes bombed during the Syrian war.
When the Pope visited the migrant camps, vulnerable migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help.
The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Francis wanted to “make a gesture of welcome” to the refugees.
During his visit, the Pope said that the migrant crisis was “the greatest humanitarian catastrophe since World War Two.”
The migrants were chosen at random, but they had all had been in camps before a deal between the EU and Turkey came into effect to halt the migrant flow on March 20.
Two of the chosen families had come from Damascus and another from Deir Azzor, which is an area occupied by ISIS.
The Vatican will take responsibility for the families’ welfare.
Sant’Egidio, a Christian community which offers help for those in need and headquartered in Rome, will be looking after the families.
Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, shook hands with hundreds of people as hundreds more were penned behind metal barriers at the Moria camp, which holds some 3,000 people.
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