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Pope Francis meets Afghan Christians who escaped from the Taliban

This picture of the Kabul airport was taken in August.

Just a month later, this scene played out at the Vatican.

Between them is the nightmare this Afghan Christian family experienced to escape from the Taliban.

Worried that they would be targeted for their faith and because of the young age of the women in the family, they reached out to the Pope and this Italian member of parliament for help. The politician mobilized to get them to Italy.

-He is the rector of a seminary...
-St. Charles.
-He housed them in Rome this month.

-Here are the mother, the grandmother and their two daughters, and the young one, who made all the phone calls.

Through tears, they recounted their story to the Pope. How they hid their faith for years.

This woman gave him one of their family's prized possessions.

-She says she brought this ring all the way from Afghanistan and she wants to give it to you.

And this teenager had sent the Pope his shirt days before.

-The shirt they gave you was his.
-Thank you!

It's the shirt the young man wore while fleeing from Afghanistan and that a journalist from Rome Reports gave to the Pope during the papal flight.

Now the family had the opportunity to personally meet the Pope. An experience to start their new life.