Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 15th, let 8 migrant children join him on his ride around St Peter's Square, Reuters has reported.
Just minutes before the start of his weekly General Audience, the pontiff gave 8 children a seat behind him on his popemobile.
The children, some of whom arrived in Italy by boat and others through a humanitarian corridor on April 29th from Libya, came from different nations including Syria, Nigeria and Congo.
The Argentinian pope has often spoken in defence of migrants' rights.
On a recent trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics addressed refugees and migrants and said the world was a difficult place for them, but they should not give up hope.