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Pope Francis lunches with refugees in Vatican

by Hannah Tooley

The group ate in the building opposite St Peter's Basilica and spoke to the pope about their new lives in Italy.

Vatican Radio has reported that children gave the pontiff drawings and he gave them toys.

L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

The group of refugee families came over to Rome with Pope Francis after his visit to Lesbos, Greece, in April.

The Syrian group came over on two planes, the first with Pope Francis on his papal plane and the second later in June.

Other Vatican officials also joined the lunch and chatted with the families and played with the children.

AP Photo/Santi Palacios

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