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Syrian Refugees Taken In By Vatican Begin New Life - Rome

Pope Francis greets Syrian refugees Osama (36) his wife Wafaa (29 ) and their children Masaa (8) and Omar (6) during the flight from Lesbos to Rome Ciampino airport , Italy on April 16, 2016. Pope Francis brought 12 Syrian refugees back to Rome after a quick visit to the Greek island of Lesbos. All three families saw their homes bombarded in Syria and all three arrived in Greece from Turkey on overloaded rubber boats. Now, the families are beginning a new journey: language lessons and integration into a new culture. Osama said he was told at 10 p.m April 15 that he, his wife and children Omar, 6, and Masa, 8 would be flying to Rome with Pope Francis the next day. Hasan said he was in a grocery store in Greece when he got the call. 'It was a miracle for us;he saved us. It was wonderful news; we didn't expect it,'said the 36-year-old printer. Osama described a 'terrible' journey to Europe from the family's home in Damascus, the Syrian capital, ending when they were saved by the coast guard off the coast of Greece. Being chosen from among thousands of refugees to come to Italy felt like 'a dream,' said Wafa. Osama is dreaming of peace in his homeland. 'We want peace in Syria so we can go home'. Photo by Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)

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