Vatican City, 17 December, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
On his 85th birthday, Pope Francis welcomed a group of refugees to the Vatican whom he helped to gain asylum in Italy.
The refugees arrived in Italy on Dec. 16 after the pope helped to arrange their transfer from Cyprus to Italy during his apostolic trip to Greece and Cyprus earlier this month.
According to the Vatican, the group of about ten refugees are being directly supported by Pope Francis, while the Catholic community of Sant’Egidio is providing assistance with integration services.
During the meeting in the throne room of the Apostolic Palace, the pope individually greeted the refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Somalia, and Syria and listened to their stories.