Greece Approves Vatican’s ‘Humanitarian Corridor’ for Asylum Seekers (Photos)

A group of refugees holds a banner reading "Human Corridors" in Italian and Greek upon their arrival at Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME – Following negotiations between the competent authorities, the Greek citizen protection ministry and the Italian interior ministry have given their approval for the implementation of the Vatican’s “humanitarian corridor” from the island of Lesvos.

On Tuesday night, a total of 43 refugees departed from Mytilene for Athens and then to Rome. Among them were families from Cameroon, Togo and Afghanistan. They were accompanied by the Apostolic Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, left, and Sant’Egidio Community founder Andrea Riccardi pose for a photo with a group of refugees arrived at Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, left, and Sant’Egidio Community founder Andrea Riccardi pose for a photo with a group of refugees arrived at Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
An Afghan family listens to Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Vatican Almoner, during a welcome ceremony for 33 refugees arrived at Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
An Afghan child plays with a balloon during a welcome ceremony for 33 refugees arrived at Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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