Pope Francis the three families of Syrian refugees on plan back to Italy from Greek island of Lesbos



Another loving and charitable demonstration of the God’s love by the Holy Father.


It’s important to recognise though that the families that went to Rome on that plane, were people that had already been given permission to go to Italy, per Cindy Wooden. They weren’t people who had not been given any approval or permission to leave Lesbos and go to Italy. Presumably to have already been given that permission they must of gone through some kind of screening.


Hopefully, the Pope and the Vatican are also doing something to help the Christian refugees in the region, who cannot even take refuge in the appalling conditions of the camp.


There are 27,000 refugee families taking refuge in Catholic parishes all over Europe because this Pope requested it.

Slovakia and Slovenia will only accept “christian” refugees because they are Catholic countries. They have already received 200 so far.


Here is an update as to how the families are faring after one month in Italy.

[quote=The Guardian]The three families have been in Rome for one month, and I speak to two of them. Contrary to some reports, none has spent a night inside the Vatican and live, instead, in a refuge run by Sant’Egidio, a few streets from the school. How are they settling? “Well, actually, it’s been OK,” says Suhila. They eat eastern food – aubergine for lunch – they have found the mosque, pray at home, take the kids to school each day, “and the weather is similar to the weather in our country”. Quds has made friends with the Italian daughter of one of the volunteers. “We have started to feel ourselves adjusting. The world is smiling at us.”

In Trastevere, they live with their two-year-old son Riad in a single room with a double bed. “The most difficult thing is to have a child in a common home, as you’ve lost somehow control of him, as he is raised with other children,” Nour says. Kitchen and bathroom are shared with neighbours, not all of them refugees, ushered into Rome through the Sant’Egidio charity’s “humanitarian corridor” (donate here), but also Italians in need.

As the pope’s refugees, it would be easy to assume that life for Nour and Hasan – and the others who boarded the papal plane – had been instantly solved. But of course it hasn’t. Piece by piece, they are beginning the long job of assembling a new life. Some of the pieces are small and firm and, in time, achievable. Spoons, for instance, Nour says. She has a whole list in her head. “Knives, frying pan, glasses. You have your own kitchen in Damascus. Now you have to buy something to cook in. Clothes. And maybe after that we could buy a laptop.” But other pieces are harder to name and harder to find.

The Vatican provides the families with living expenses, in the region of €30 (£23) “now and then”, according to a charity spokesperson, who describes the families as “guests of the pope”.



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