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Vatican accepts nine more Syrian refugees

June 17, 2016

The Vatican has brought nine more Syrian refugees to Rome, adding to the twelve who accompanied Pope Francis when he returned from an April visit to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The nine refugees, like the twelve who preceded them, were living in a refugee camp on Lesbos. The Sant'Egidio community in Rome has agreed to provide them with food and housing, as it is doing for the original twelve.

The nine Syrian refugees who arrived in Rome on June 16 included two Christians. There were no Christians in the original group.


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  • Posted by: space15796 - Jun. 18, 2016 10:32 AM ET USA

    Does this pope not realize the far-reaching effects of actions like this? The instructive nature of his actions? 21 refugees, but only 2 Christians???? When we here of the genocide of Christians? Can you imagine if the pope would have taken in disaffected Nazis but no Jews during that crisis?

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 17, 2016 8:28 PM ET USA

    The Pope is acting more like a politician than a spiritual leader. He has brought in 21 refuges, but only 2 are christian distorting the real picture of who is being victimized. Also he brings this very small group into Italy not into the sovereign territory of the Vatican City State. Typical not in my back yard approach.