Syrian refugee Nour Essa, her husband Hasan Zaheda and their two-year-old son Riad.
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Refugees chosen by Pope: 'We are famous'

Pope Francis' decision to bring 12 refugees from Syria on his own plane back from the Greek island of Lesbos made headlines around the world, and two of them have told the BBC their story.

Pope Francis' decision to bring 12 refugees from Syria on his own plane back from the Greek island of Lesbos made headlines around the world.

Plucked by the Vatican from among hundreds of families in the Kara Tepe camp, the small group of refugees are now staying at the Sant'Egidio Catholic charity in Rome and have now applied for asylum in Italy.

Two of the group have told the BBC their story, and how they first heard Pope Francis was giving them a lift to Rome.

  • 22 Apr
  • From the section Europe