Nine more Syrian refugees have been brought from the Greek island of Lesbos to Rome, where they will be cared for by the Sant’Egidio Community
Pope Francis visited the island April 16, making an ardent plea to the international community to respond to the humanitarian crisis. He told the refugees not to lose hope: “God created mankind to be one family; when any of our brothers and sisters suffer, we are all affected.”
At the close of that trip, the Holy Father brought back to Rome with him three refugee families.
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Now a second group of nine refugees, including two Christians, has arrived in Rome.
The Vatican Gendarmeria, with the help of the Interior Ministry of Greece, the Greek Asylum Service and the Sant’Egidio Community, accompanied the refugees from Athens to Rome on Thursday. The Sant’Egidio Community will provide for their housing.
The refugees, six adults and three children, are all Syrian citizens who were in the Kara Tepe refugee camp. They had arrived in Lesbos from Turkey.