Rome, Italy, Apr 2, 2022 / 00:57 am
Pope Francis greeted a group of Ukrainian war refugees on Saturday morning before heading to the airport for his first papal flight of 2022.
The group of 15 refugees consisted of mothers and children who found refuge in Italy after Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country.
Among the refugees was a mother of two children, aged five and seven. She came to Italy for a heart surgery for her daughter, according to the Vatican on April 2.
The pope met the group at the Casa Santa Marta, his residence in Vatican City, along with the papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who has served as a papal envoy to Ukraine.