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Migrants weep as Pope visits Greek refugee camp

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:48

Migrants weep and beg Pope Francis for help as he visits a refugee camp in Greece with the pontiff later taking three Syrian refugee families back to the Vatican as he departs. Ashraf Fahim reports.

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Migrants break down in tears as Pope Francis visits a refugee camp in Greece. It was an emotional welcome for the Pontiff as adults and children wept at his feet and begged for help. The Pope visited the sprawling Moria camp with Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. One man told the Pope he has family in Germany he hasn't seen in four years. Another thanked God for the Pope's visit as Francis comforted him. More than 3,000 refugees are stuck in the fenced off camp on the island of Lesbos after an EU decision to seal off the migrant route into Europe. Hundreds of refugees have died making the precarious crossing from Turkey in the past year. Alia Al-Duleimi from Iraq said she hoped the Pope would help them. After visiting the camp, Pope Francis called on the international community to respond to the refugees' plight. SOUNDBITE (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "As people of faith, we wish to join our voices to speak out on your behalf. We hope that the world will heed these scenes of tragic and indeed desperate need, and respond in a way worthy of our common humanity." As the Pope's journey came to an end, three fortunate Syrian refugee families were selected to return with the Pope on his plane back to the Vatican.

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Migrants weep as Pope visits Greek refugee camp

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:48