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Six of the 12 are children and all are Muslim

Many refugees fell to their knees and wept as Francis approached them

Cardinal Nichols noted that there had been a significant increase in Catholics receiving the sacrament in the last six months

The cardinal said that Pope Francis had offered ‘a much deeper understanding’ of discernment

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The Pope said that the Church needed courageous witnesses in world which was hostile to the Gospel

Conference attendees called for a new way of thinking ‘consistent with Gospel nonviolence’

Fr Lombardi said that the Pope’s visit to refugees in Lesbos was a ‘humanitarian and ecumenical’ gesture

The bishops said that refugees’ right to human dignity and to protection needed to be upheld


The Pontiff has chosen to promote debate and diversity, rather than build unity around clearly expressed doctrine. The consequences will be enormous