Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

The pope took three Muslim Syrian families whose homes have been bombed back with him to the Vatican from lesbosDeclaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican. The pope told reporters that his gesture was “a drop in the ocean” but hoped that afterwards, “the ocean will never be the same again”. “All refugees are children of God,” he said aboard the papal plane on its flight back to Rome.

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