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From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

Syrian refugee Nour played with her son Riad, 2, at a language and culture school run by the Sant'Egidio Community in Rome April 18. Nour and her husband and their son were among 12 Syrian refugees Pope Francis brought back with him from a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.

ROME -- After less than 48 hours in Rome, "dream" is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to Italy with him from a refugee camp in Greece.

By April 18, the couples -- who asked to be identified by only their first names, Hasan and Nour, Ramy and Suhila, Osama and Wafa -- and their six children had spent more than three hours doing paperwork with Italian immigration officials and had enrolled in Italian language classes.

'It makes you weep,' pope says of refugees' stories

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope said he agreed immediately because it was "an inspiration of the Holy Spirit."

In the end, he said, 12 Syrians -- members of three families, including six children -- had all the necessary papers from the Greek and Italian governments in time to fly with the pope April 16.

The fact that the 12 are all Muslims did not enter into the equation, the pope said. "I gave priority to children of God."

Missouri bishops urge acceptance of Syrian refugees

The Catholic bishops of Missouri are urging Gov. Jay Nixon and all public officials to work with federal officials to keep citizens safe and to allow refugees from war-torn Syria to settle in the state.

Editorial | Refugees - 'fellow children of God' - are suffering

We might quibble over the number of refugees from Syria that the United States should accept, but we shouldn't debate the need to "welcome the stranger" as the Gospel implores us to do.

Catholics in the United States and "all people of good will should express openness and welcome to refugees fleeing Syria and elsewhere in order to survive," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in a statement Sept. 10.

St. Louisans show concern for Syrian refugees

Migrant children look through a fence as they wait permission to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia Sept. 15. "Do not abandon victims" of conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis said.

At a weekday morning Mass Sept. 15 at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church in Florissant, a woman joined the general intercessions by spontaneously asking for prayers for the refugees fleeing Syria.

Catholics throughout the archdiocese have expressed concern for the plight of the refugees, following Pope Francis urging Catholics in Europe to respond to the needs of people fleeing war in their homeland.

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