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Pope visits young Ukrainian war refugees in Rome hospital

Pope visits young Ukrainian war refugees in Rome hospital

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome on Mar 19, 2022, to thank staff for caring for Ukrainian children who fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, the hospital has taken care of about 50 Ukrainian children. (Photo: Reuters/Vatican Media handout)

ROME: Pope Francis on Saturday (Mar 19) made a surprise visit to young Ukrainian war refugees being treated in a paediatric hospital in Rome.

One of the pictures released by the Vatican showed the pope talking to a girl with a fully bandaged head and what appeared to be a tube in her throat.

Nineteen Ukrainian children are currently being treated at the two branches of the Bambino Gesu hospital for cancer, neurological conditions or serious war injuries caused by explosions, the Vatican said.

About 50 children from Ukraine have been treated at the hospital since the war began.

"The blood and tears of children, the suffering of women and men who are defending their land or fleeing from bombardments shakes our conscience," Francis said in a message to a Church conference in Slovakia on Friday.

Source: Reuters/kg

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