Pope ends a trip to the Mediterranean to defend refugee rights

Pope Francis will leave the School of St. Dionysius of the Urslin sisters in Athens, Greece, on December 6, 2021.

December 6, 2021

By Karolina Tagaris and Philip Pulllella

Athens (Reuters) – Pope Francis concludes his trip to the Mediterranean, which defends refugee rights and defends refugee rights from young people, including children of migrants who fled war and poverty at schools in Athens on Monday. I heard that. Take advantage of their plight for political gain.

The Pope’s last event in Greece was a visit to a Catholic-run school. There, we heard reports from several students, including 12-year-old Abudo Gablo, whose family left Syria after the bomb hit Aleppo’s house. 2014.

He also urged children to become social on their own, rather than social media slaves or “cell phone prisoners.”

During a five-day visit to Cyprus and Greece, Francis returned to Lesvos, a Greek island at the forefront of the European migrant crisis that began in 2015, lamenting that it was “almost unchanged” from its previous visit. rice field.

Speaking from the island’s refugee camp, Francis called it the Mediterranean. Thousands of people drowned there in an attempt to cross Europe. It is a “severe graveyard without gravestones”.

Greece, and more recently Cyprus, is the main gateway to the European Union for those seeking to escape war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.

Nearly one million people, mostly Syrians, traveled from Turkey to Greece in 2015 and then to wealthy Northern European countries. There, their arrival fuels support for populists and far-right groups.

At an emotional meeting with migrants in Cyprus, Francis compared the situation of migrants in Libya and elsewhere with the situation in Nazi and Soviet camps.

The deities arranged to relocate 50 immigrants from Cyprus to Rome.

(Report by Karolina Tagaris and Philip Pulllella, edited by Alex Richardson)

Pope ends a trip to the Mediterranean to defend refugee rights

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