Pope Francis brings 12 Syrian refugees back to Rome after visiting the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis at a camp in Greece. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday (April 16) 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. While borders have now largely been shut for migrants, Francis symbolically took a small group of refugees with him on his aircraft as he left the Greek island of Lesbos after a five-hour visit. All the members of the three families are Muslims. Their homes had been bombed, according to the Vatican. The individuals were selected from lots drawn, media reports said. Pope Francis told media onboard his plane that the gesture to bring the refugees to Italy was not political. "It is a humanitarian act and it was an idea about a week ago from one of my collaborators and I accepted immediately, immediately, immediately. Because I felt that the spirit was talking (to us)," Francis said. The pontiff told reporters that the families have visas and are guests of the Vatican.