6 December 2021
Pope Francis returned Sunday to Lesbos, the Greek island at the heart of a massive wave of migration into Europe to comfort its asylum-seekers. Arriving at the Mavrovouni camp, a maskless Francis took his time walking along the barricades, patting children on the head, asking them their names and posing for selfies.
The 84-year-old Francis spent just two hours at the camp. The pope is on a five-day visit to Cyprus and Greece that has been dominated by the topic of migration. In Cyprus on Friday he denounced the “culture of indifference" shown to migrants, and in Athens on Saturday he urged European governments to take in migrants “in proportion to each country’s means.”
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