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Lesbos: Pope takes 12 refugees back to Rome with him

The Syrian families who are travelling back to the Vatican with Francis, make their way towards the papal plane.

As the Pope shook the hands of refugees at Lesbos’ Moria camp, word circulated that Francis could be taking about 10 or so refugees currently living on Lesbos, back to the Vatican with him. 12 are in fact going to be boarding the papal plane to Rome this afternoon and will be hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.

According to Greek state broadcaster ERT, the refugees in question are three families who were being hosted in the open field at Kara Tepe and were chosen at random. They all come from Damascus, Syria.

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, explained: “The Pope wished to make a welcoming gesture towards refugees, accompanying three families of Syrian refugees – 12 people in all, of whom six are children – to Rome on his own plane. These people were already at the Lesbos reception centre before the EU-Turkey agreement came into force,The Pope’s initiative became a reality “thanks to negotiations between the Secretariat of State and the competent Greek and Italian authorities”.

All members of the three families are Muslim. Two families come from Damascus, one from Deir ez-Zor (in the area occupied by ISIS). Their homes were bombed. The Vatican will be paying for the hospitality offered to the three families and for their upkeep. They will initially be hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.”



Earlier today the Holy See released some information about the 12 refugees: “Hasan and Nour come from Damascus. They are married and both engineers. They are coming to Rome with their 2-year-old son. They lived on the outskirts of Damascus in a high-risk area called Al Zapadani, which is under constant bombardment. They fled with their child to Turkey, where they got on a dinghy bound for Lesbos.”

Then there is “Ramy and Suhila” from Deir ez-Zor, an area occupied by ISIS: “Both are 55 years old, the husband is a teacher and the wife a seamstress. They fled with their three children after their home was destroyed. They arrived in Greece via Turkey in February 2016.”

“Osama and Wafa,” the statement concludes, “come from Zamalka, a suburb of Damascus, with their two children. Thei home was also bombed. The mother said her youngest wakes up every night. There was a period when he even stopped talking.”

A smiling mother passes through the cabin saying “hi” to the journalists who try to get a comment from her. She is happy but says nothing else. Her youngest children are with her, they smile too and have a naughty look on their faces. The adolescent on the other hand passes by with their head lowered, wearing a cap. Perhaps all the attention is too much. This, in brief, was the contact journalists had with the 12 Syrian refugees on board the papal flight.

andrea tornielli


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San Daniele Comboni (1831-1881)


Combonianum è stato una pubblicazione interna di condivisione sul carisma di Comboni. Assegnando questo nome al blog, ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e patrimonio carismatico.
Il sottotitolo Spiritualità e Missione vuole precisare l’obiettivo del blog: promuovere una spiritualità missionaria.

Combonianum was an internal publication of sharing on Comboni’s charism. By assigning this name to the blog, I wanted to revive this title, rich in history and charismatic heritage.
The subtitle
Spirituality and Mission wants to specify the goal of the blog: to promote a missionary spirituality.

Sono un comboniano affetto da Sla. Ho aperto e continuo a curare questo blog (tramite il puntatore oculare), animato dal desiderio di rimanere in contatto con la vita del mondo e della Chiesa, e di proseguire così il mio piccolo servizio alla missione.
I miei interessi: tematiche missionarie, spiritualità (ho lavorato nella formazione) e temi biblici (ho fatto teologia biblica alla PUG di Roma)

I am a Comboni missionary with ALS. I opened and continue to curate this blog (through the eye pointer), animated by the desire to stay in touch with the life of the world and of the Church, and thus continue my small service to the mission.
My interests: missionary themes, spirituality (I was in charge of formation) and biblical themes (I studied biblical theology at the PUG in Rome)

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