square: Peter's Square with them in the backseat, according to CTV. Some waved, others gave a thumbs up before bidding Francis goodbye with hugs and a selfie. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience and zoomed around St. The Vatican said some of the children had arrived in Italy on a migrant boat a few months ago, while others arrived April 29 with their families via a humanitarian corridor. Francis has clashed with Italy's hard-line government about the need to welcome and integrate migrants, and his gesture followed mounting tensions with right-wing politicians ahead of European Parliament elections May 26. They were being cared for by a humanitarian group in Rome. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.