Pope Francis welcomes more refugees in Rome

  • Pope Francis welcomed nine more Syrian asylum-seekers in Rome
  • The refugees were among those who crossed from Turkey to Greece to escape from the effects of the Syrian civil war
  • The UN said that more than 6.6 million people are internally displaced while 23 million people are in need of urgent assistance

Pope Francis has welcomed more Syrian asylum-seekers in Rome two months after he initially brought a group of refugees from Greece aboard his personal flight.

In an article published by GMA News Online that was wired by the Agence France-Presse on June 18, 2016, it was disclosed that nine refugees composed of six adults and three children came from a transit camp in the Greek island of Lesbos.

According to Vatican officials, the group was among those who crossed the seas between Turkey and Greece to escape from the effects of the civil war in Syria, which already caused the deaths of 11 million people.

In an estimate made by the United Nations (UN), more than 6.6 million people are internally displaced, while 23 million persons are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said on May 28 that citizens of host countries have nothing to fear about migrants since such people are not dangerous, but are actually the ones facing danger.

During a meeting with at least 400 school children from the south of Italy, the supreme pontiff reminded that those seeking refuge from other countries should not be avoided, but should be given help instead.

“Migrants are not a danger; they are in danger,” Francis said; asking the students to repeat his words for several times.