A group of Syrian refugees dine with Pope Francis, on August 11 Thursday, sharing lunch at the Pontiff’s personal residence. This group of refugees with comprised of 21 Syrian has now resettled in Rome. During this meeting, the refugees who are all residents of the Vatican were presented with gifts from the Pope.
In an official statement, Director of the Holy See press office, Greg Burke, said: “Both adults and children had an opportunity to speak with Pope Francis about the beginning of their lives in Italy. The children presented the Holy Father with a collection of their drawings, and the Pope presented them with toys and other gifts.”
The luncheon was held at the Pontiff’s personal resident- Casa Santa Marta. This luncheon was also attended by the Substitute Secretary of State, Archbishop Angelo, Becciù, Professor Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Dr Domenico Giani, Commander of the Vatican Gendarmerie, along with two gendarmes who had contributed in the shifting process of the refugee families from Greek Island Lesbos to Italy.
In Lesbos, the Pontiff told hundreds of refugees. “I want to tell you that you are not alone. In these weeks and months, you have endured much suffering in your search for a better life. Many of you felt forced to flee situations of conflict and persecution for the sake, above all, of your children, your little ones.”