The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesvos, to bring back 33 asylum seekers to Rome.
According to the announcement, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski will return on Wednesday with the migrants.
Krajewski was sent by the Pope to “renew solidarity to the Greek people and to the refugees.”
Later in December, another 10 refugees will be brought to Italy and procedures to request international protection will be set in motion.
When the Pope retuned to Italy after visiting Lesvos in 2016, he took three Syrian families of asylum-seekers with him aboard his flight.