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Syrian refugee Pope took to Rome 'overwhelmed'

A Syrian refugee taken to Rome by the Pope and offered the chance to start a new life with her family in Italy has said she is "overwhelmed" by the Pontiff's kindness.

In a symbolic gesture, the Pope finished his tour of the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday by taking three Syrian families with him back to the Vatican.

The 12 refugees, including six children, accompanied the Pontiff on his return journey arriving at the Sant'Egidio community centre on Saturday night where they began their new life.

During his trip he vowed solidarity with refugees, telling them they were "not alone", while he also laid memorials for those who have died at sea crossing to Europe.

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Pope meets welcoming refugees and kisses baby

Pope Francis was greeted by refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, some saying "welcome to Greece" in English or "I love you".

Others held placards reading "Please save the Yazidi people from genocide" or "we want freedom".

At one point, the Catholic church leader kisses a baby on the cheek.

Refugees greeted Pope Francis "welcome to Greece" Credit: Reuters

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