Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) on the 16 April 2016 in an act of solidarity with migrants, including thousands of asylum seekers, awaiting an uncertain future on the island. He was accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios and Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of the Church of Greece.
The Pope declared that 'we are all migrants' and criticised the world community for failing to end the wars fueling the crisis. He pleaded for the world to show 'common humanity' following a hardening of the EU's stance on migrants.
The visit followed a 2013 visit by the Pope to the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has also been a key landing post for migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East fleeing to Europe.
On his return to the Vatican the Pope took with him three Muslim Syrian families whose homes have been bombed in Syria. The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Pope had wished to make a gesture of welcome and solidarity on behalf of the refugees.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Greece|