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Pope meets migrants in Greece

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 00:43

Migrants ask for Pope Francis's help as he visits a refugee camp in Greece. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Migrants kissed Pope Francis's hand and begged for his help on Saturday (April 16) at a refugee camp in Lesbos, on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis which has claimed hundreds of lives in the past year. For many, their onward journey to Europe was cut short by an EU decision to seal off a route used by a million people fleeing conflict since early 2015. Francis, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, shook hands with hundreds of people as hundreds more were penned behind metal barriers at the Moria camp, which holds some 3,000 people. "Freedom, freedom," migrants chanted as the pope walked through the hillside facility in scorching sun. Some women ululated. Earlier, Greek state TV reported Francis was planning to take ten refugees back with him to the Vatican, eight of them Syrians. Their names were taken from a lot this week. A Vatican spokesman said he had no immediate comment on the TV report, suggesting reporters "should follow the day's events as they unfold." The pope has often defended refugees and urged Catholic parishes in Europe to host them. His first trip after becoming pontiff in 2013 was to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which, like Lesbos, has received thousands of refugees.

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Pope meets migrants in Greece

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 00:43