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Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

AP  |  Vatican City 

has given a in his to eight migrant children who recently arrived in from

picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience Wednesday and zoomed around St. with them in the backseat. Some waved, others gave a thumbs up before bidding goodbye with hugs and a selfie.

The Vatican said some of the children had arrived in on a migrant boat a few months ago, while others arrived April 29 with their families via a humanitarian corridor.

Francis has clashed with Italy's hard-line government about the need to welcome and integrate migrants. Francis returned home from a 2016 trip to with a dozen Syrians on his plane.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 16:06 IST