Pope Francis visits refugees in Rome centre

Welcomed by cardinal and director, meets asylum seekers in cafe

Pope Francis visits refugees in Rome centre

Rome, September 10 - Pope Francis visited refugees at the Astalli Centre in downtown Rome on Tuesday. The Jesuit refugee centre has five locations in Italy and last year helped 34,300 people - 21,000 in Rome alone - according to the Astalli website. The centre hosts new arrivals in Italy, and helps additional refugees to integrate into the Italian workplace and society. The pontiff was greeted by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of Rome, and by the centre's director Father Giovanni La Manna. Entering the cafeteria, the pope met with some refugees, most of whom were from Africa.

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