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Pope may visit Greece to meet with migrants facing return to Turkey

April 05, 2016

The Vatican is weighing a quick trip to Greece by Pope Francis, to dramatize the plight of migrants who are being sent back to Turkey.

Responding to Greek media reports that the Pope might visit the island of Lesbos as early as next week, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that no commitment had been made. "I don't deny that there are contacts about a possible trip," he allowed.

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has confimed that he will be traveling to Lesbos to meet with refugees, accompanied by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in Athens has said that Pope Francis expressed an interest in joining them.


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