Pope Francis will soon return to the Greek island of Lesbos, emblematic of the refugee reception crisis, where he had already visited in 2016, the local archbishop and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. Migrations.
The sovereign pontiff had announced in early September that he would visit Greece, Cyprus and Malta, without specifying the date of his trip.
A Vatican delegation visited the Mavrovouni migrant camp on the island of Lesvos on Thursday to plan the Argentine Pope’s trip.
A local source has unofficially said the papal visit to Greece is scheduled for late November to early December depending on the health situation.
Guided by the Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Migration, Manos Logothetis, the delegation surveyed the alleys of the temporary Mavrovouni camp, hastily erected a year ago after the burning down of the Moria camp, where the pope s ‘was delivered in April 2016.
“When he returns to Greece, the Pope also wishes to come to Lesbos”, declared Thursday the Archbishop of the Catholics of the Aegean Sea, Joseph Printezis, referring to the “positive experience” of the Sovereign Pontiff “during his previous visit” on the Aegean island.
The Pope “wants to see the evolution of the refugee question” and the “fruit of Greece’s efforts,” the archbishop added to the press.
The religious specified that the Holy Father wants “to make a humanitarian declaration according to which the Church and all the peoples of Europe are concerned about the refugees and (to say) also that the weight borne by Greece should be recognized by the other European countries ”.
It is “an extremely important world event”, declared for his part Mr. Logothetis, according to which the papal trip to Lesbos will be limited to the visit of the camp.
The Greek official stressed that the sovereign pontiff had asked to return to Mytilene, the capital of the island, for “a shorter period” than in 2016.
Advocating hospitality without distinguishing religion or refugee status or economic exile, Pope Francis had marked the spirits in April 2016 in Lesbos, then the main gateway to Europe and where more than one crowded. 3000 migrants in the unhealthy and overcrowded camp of Moria.
“We are all migrants! He said, bringing on board his plane three Syrian Muslim families whose homes had been bombed.