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

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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)

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.

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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)

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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)

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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. The refugees coming from Afghanistan, Cameroon and Togo landed at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport from the Greek island of Lesbos, thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community an the Vatican Almoner office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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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. The refugees coming from Afghanistan, Cameroon and Togo landed at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport from the Greek island of Lesbos, thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community an the Vatican Almoner office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)