Pope Francis invites refugees to join him on stage at general audience by Staff Reporterposted Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016. Pope Francis walks with a group of refugees this morning (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)
The Pope calls for Europe to grant asylum to more refugees as he addresses the faithful at the Vatican
Pope Francis invited a number of refugees to join him on stage during his general audience.
The Holy See called a dozen male refugees to stand with him on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica earlier today.
The men are being cared for by a charity at the Vatican. They carried with them banners of the organisation as well as Vatican flags. The group sat in front of the pontiff as he delivered his weekly address.
As he welcomed the refugees, the Pope emphasised to the audience how much the men had suffered in their homelands. He called for Europe to welcome more migrants.
The Pope said: “Please they are our brothers. A Christian excludes no one. I ask all of you: Let everyone come.”