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Children rescued from Libya hitch a lift with Pope Francis

AFP  |  Vatican City 

took eight children rescued from crisis-hit for a ride in his Wednesday, the youngsters grinning and snapping photos as they whizzed round

The children, wearing T-shirts reading "Welcome, Protect, Promote, Integrate", hailed from Syria, and the Congo, and were airlifted out of along with their families on April 29.

A smiling took them on board for a ride around the packed square during his weekly general audience, stopping several times along the way to kiss and bless babies held up to him from the crowd.

The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly called on the international community to do more for those seeking shelter in from war, famine, poverty or persecution -- a hot-button issue at the upcoming EU

At the end of the audience, also met and thanked a delegation from Save the Children, an organisation present in numerous war zones and which is celebrating its centenary year.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 18:46 IST