On a warm evening in Rome, as waiters flapped tablecloths for outdoor diners at a trattoria down the cobbled alley, Ramy Al Shakarji leaned back on a bench and laughed as he described how the head of the Roman Catholic Church, plucked him, a Muslim, from a squalid refugee camp in Greece and flew him to a new life.
"When we were given the chance to come to Rome, my wife and I took about three minutes to decide 'yes,'" he recalls.
That was about all the time they had. It was 9 p.m. on April 15, a night before Pope Francis visited their refugee camp on the island of Lesbos.
Making the offer to move to Italy was Daniela Pompei, an official with Catholic charity...