The group will be supported directly by the Holy Father, while the Community of Sant'Egidio will take care of their inclusion in a one-year integration program.
The Pope welcomed the refugees in the throne room and listened to their stories and those of their journey from Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Somalia and Syria. Some of them are doctors and computer technicians. "You saved us!" said, moved, a Congolese boy, turning to him. The Pope addressed them individually a few words of welcome and affection, and thanked them for their visit.
In wishing him "long life and good health" on his birthday, the refugees gave the Pope a picture of an Afghan refugee as a gift, depicting the attempt to cross the Mediterranean by some migrants.
Pope Francis inquired about a little girl he met in the Mavrouni camp, in Lesbos, who will come to Italy in the coming days with her family to be treated, and after a photo together, he greeted the group and asked everyone to pray for him.