Making his way through Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stopped to let migrant children go for a ride in the popemobile.
Interim Director of the Holy See Press Office Alessandro Gisotti said that some of the children arrived in Italy from Libya in late April through a “humanitarian corridor.”
Others arrived on a refugee boat boat from Syria, Nigeria, and the Congo a few months ago. They are hosted with their families by an association on the outskirts of Rome.
They all wore t-shirts wearing “welcome, protect, promote and integrate,” Pope Francis’ motto he coined on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
The Humanitarian Corridors project is ran by the Community of Sant’Egidio with the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian and Methodist Churches. Gisotti said it gives people in “vulnerable conditions” legal passage to Italy with the chance to apply for asylum.