Pope Francis rescues 12 Syrian Muslim Refugees

Pope Francis arrived to the Greek Island of Lesbos on Saturday to highlight the plight of refugees, and has taken 12 Syrian refugees, including six children, on his plane back to Rome, the Vatican said. And all 12 refugees rescued by the pontiff are Muslim.

"The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children," a statement from the Holy See press office said.

The Vatican said that those invited by the pontiff “were already in camps in Lesbos before the agreement between the European Union and Turkey.”

"This is a trip that is a bit different than the others ... this is a trip marked by sadness," Francis later told reporters. "We are going to encounter the greatest humanitarian catastrophe since World War Two. We will see many people who are suffering, who don't know where to go, who had to flee.”

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