This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis arriving in the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO/HO
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Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help.The pope stressed that taking them to Rome was a humanitarian, not a political, gesture.Earlier 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.In a tent where Francis met with migrants, a little girl with pigtails dressed in pink and white bowed at his feet.The pope has often defended refugees and urged Catholic parishes in Europe to host them.Francis and Orthodox leaders threw wreaths into the sea to commemorate those who have died
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