Pope Francis Privately Visits Syrian Refugee Family In Rome


While visiting a refugee center in Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis singled out a Syrian family and listened to their story, Time reported.

The Pope also talked with a Sudanese man while at the Astalli refugee center, which is run by Francis’ own Jesuit order and which tended to 21 thousand refugee last year, according to Time. 

The visit came after a Vatican peace vigil lead Saturday by Pope Francis against military action in Syria. Pope Francis also sent a letter to world leaders at the G-20 summit in Russia last week, which urged them to abandon the “futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria.


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