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Vatican Welcomes 9 More Syrian Refugees, Including Two Christians

ARMEND NIMANI / AFP

Children wait with other migrants and refugees to enter the refugee camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on December 2, 2015. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back. Over 1,500 people are stuck on the border, mostly Indian, Moroccan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani. / AFP / ARMEND NIMANI

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 06/17/16

From Vatican Radio: 

A group of nine Syrian refugees, including two Christians, arrived in Rome on Thursday from the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, following the visit of Pope Francis to the island on April 16, when he accompanied three families of refugees back to Rome. The Vatican Gendarmeria, with the help of Interior Ministry of Greece, the Greek Asylum Service, and the Community of Sant’Egidio, accompanied the refugees from Athens to Rome on Thursday. The Community of Sant’Egidio 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.

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