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‘There was such suffering’, Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

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EMOTIONAL VISIT. Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP
‘There were so many children. Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying, drowned at sea,’ says the pontiff

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Apr. 18, 2016) – Pope Francis spoke emotionally Sunday, April 17, of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking 3 Syrian families back to the Vatican.

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Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

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HIS HOLINESS. Pope Francis arrives at the camp for refugees in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, 16 April 2016, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA
The pope tells reporters that his gesture is ‘a drop in the ocean’ but hopes that afterwards, ‘the ocean will never be the same again’

ROME, Italy (UPDATED) – Declaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican.

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Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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