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Pope Welcomes 8 Children of Different Nationalities from Libya on His Popemobile

Young People of Syria, Nigeria, and Congo at General Audience

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Pope Francis has welcomed eight children, who had arrived from Libya and are from different conflict-struck nations, on his Popemobile at the start of today’s General Audience, May 15, 2019.
This was noted by Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, in  a brief statement.
“The Holy Father, during his passage among the faithful, before the general audience, welcomed eight children who had arrived from Libya upon his popemobile.”
These children, the Vatican Spokesman said, arrived through the April 29 “humanitarian corridor,” “by boat.”
“They are of different nationalities – including Syria, Nigeria and Congo,” and “are currently accommodated with their families at the “Mondo Migliore” Center in Rocca di Papa and followed by the “Auxilium” Cooperative,” added Alessandro Gisotti.
In the Pope’s final remarks to Italian-speaking pilgrims, Francis also gave them and their families present, a special mention.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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