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Vatican takes in refugee family from Syria

A family of refugees who fled the war in Syria is being looked after at the Vatican.

The family arrived in Italy earlier this month Credit: Reuters

The family - a mother, father and two children - arrived in Italy from Damascus on 6 September, the day that Pope Francis appealed to European parishes to care for refugees, the Vatican said in a statement.

"According to the law, for the first six months following the request for asylum those seeking international protection cannot work. During this time, they will be helped and accompanied by the Parish of Santa Anna," the Vatican said.