Three families will come to The Vatican
Pope Francis has decided not to let the goodwill he promoted by visiting the island of Lesbos end with just the trip, which promoted awareness of the refugee crisis, with the trip, as he has taken twelve refugees to come with him to Vatican City.
Who are these 12?
In what is likely meant to showcase the importance of accepting people of all faiths, all the refugees are Muslim, a cause Francis has been known to promote. Comprised of three families, two from Damscus and one from Deir Azzor, and half of the group is children. The families were all based on the Kara Tepe refugee camp at Lesbos. "These are all people who were already in camps in Lesbos before the agreement between the European Union and Turkey," according to a statement from Vatican officials; it has also been stated that these families had all lost their homes to the bombings in the Syrian war.
That said, hosting the 12 is not exactly unprecedented, as the Vatican is already hosting two other families since September of last year, according to reports. While the Vatican had possibly planned to invite refugees beforehand, such plans were kept under-wraps, leading to suspicion that this may have even been a spur-of-the-moment decision.
The Pope's global message
Pope Francis has also taken to social media to promote the action, as well as continuing to promote his cause for aiding the migrant refugees in their plight.
Refugees are not numbers, they are people who have faces, names, stories, and need to be treated as such.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 16, 2016
The current Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was also personally thanked by the Pontiff for Greece serving as a place for the Syrian refugees to stay during this troubling time. Tsipras, in turn, had reportedly came out that he had been proud that his country had been offering support to the refugees, coming out saying "at a time when some of our partners — even in the name of Christian Europe — were erecting walls and fences to prevent defenseless people from seeking a better life," in a released public statement. Such condemnation of refusing aid to the refugees made by Tsipras can be seen below, in a video from 2015: