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April 16 2016

Three families of Syrian refugees hosted by Pope Francis in Vatican. Sant'Egidio provides first welcome

Coming back from Greek Island of Lesbos, the pope gives a lesson of concrete commitment for refugees

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Coming back from the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis has taken on his plane three families of refugees from Syria fleeing form war. They are 12 people- 6 of them are children - who will be hosted in Vatican. They come from bombed cities, had lost everything and are in a very precarious condition. 

The Community of Sant'Egidio, happy and honoured to be involved in offering the first welcome to the guests of the pope, has offered its cooperation.


“Everything was arranged according to the rules. They have their documents. The Holy See, the Greek government and the Italian government have checked everything. They have been welcomed by the Vatican and with the collaboration of the Saint Egidio Community they will be searching for work” the Pope said.





The Syrians are being housed in the charity complex Sant’Egidio in Trastevere
while their await longer-term accommodation in the Vatican. 
Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

THE GUARDIAN -  'Here it is a big dream': Syrians taken in by Vatican begin new life in Rome »

Pope Francis welcomes a group of Syrian refugees after landing at Ciampino airport in
Rome following a visit at the Moria refugee camp on April 16, 2016

AFP - Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life »

The night before the visiting of the pope, Sant'Egidio came to our camp and made  interviews with us, so we know (knew) that we were chosen at nine o'clock in the evening. And they told us that 'you must be ready the day after, you must be ready tomorrow  because your plane is tomorrow', so it was like a surprise.

ITV - Syrian refugee Pope took to Rome 'overwhelmed' »

A family of Syrian refugees, part of the Pope's 12 Syrian asylum seekers,
walk with a member of the St. Egidio Roman Catholic Charity (centre),
on Monday (April 18) in a street of Rome.PHOTO: AFP

WORLD - Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life, praise Francis as 'angel who saved us'

Syrian refugees are welcomed as they arrive at St. Egidio Community in Rome on
Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

THE IRISH TIMES - Cous cous and falafel: Omar (6) begins new life in Rome »

Syrian refugees Wafa, no last name available, at center with white scarf, and her
husband Osama,second from left, hold their children's hands as they arrive with another Syrian family at the St. Egidio Community in Rome, Saturday, April 16, 2016.

CBS NEWS - In an instant, pope transforms lives of Syrian refugees»

Syrian refugees board the Pope's plane in Lesbos yesterday (AFP/Getty Images)

INDIPENDENT - Pope Francis takes three families of Syrian refugees on plane back to Rome from Greek island of Lesbos » (the imagines are from Al Jazeera..)

Aleteia Meets Syrian Refugee Newly Arrived in Rome Brought to Italy by Pope Francis, Rummy hopes for peace, and a return to his country

ALETEIA - Aleteia Meets Syrian Refugee Newly Arrived in Rom»



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