Pope Francis to visit asylum seekers on Greece's Lesbos island

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Κυριακή, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2021
Pope Francis to visit asylum seekers on Greece's Lesbos island

france24.com | 5 December 2021|

Pope Francis to visit asylum seekers on Greece's Lesbos island

On the second day of a landmark trip to Greece Francis will tour the temporary camp of Mavrovouni, where nearly 2,200 asylum seekers currently live.

Francis has long championed refugees, whom he called the "protagonists of a terrible modern Odyssey" in a speech to Greek officials and EU vice-president Margaritis Schinas on Saturday.

He was speaking in Athens which had gone without a papal visit for 20 years.

Ahead of the Lesbos visit, 31-year-old Cameroonian camp resident Christian Tango said he hoped the pope would "carry the voice (of refugees) to the whole world".

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