Pope Francis today greeted a dozen Syrian refugees on their arrival in Rome after he rescued them from a camp in Lesbos following a visit to the Greek island to highlight the humanitarian crisis.
Three families of Syrian refugees boarded the Pontiff's aircraft shortly after 1pm at the end of his lightening visit to Lesbos.
A Vatican spokesman said: 'The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children.'
DailyMail reports that the Vatican said Pope Francis wanted to 'make a gesture of welcome' to the three families who arrived in the camp before the new EU deal with Turkey was implemented on March 20.
It is understood that paperwork for the 12 people, including six children, was arranged in advance.
Pope Francis said the Vatican will take responsibility for supporting the families. But the Catholic Sant'Egidio community will take care of getting them settled initially...