Posts Tagged ‘Lesbos’

Refugee camps like concentration camps says Pope

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Despite sharp criticism for comparing refugee camps to concentration camps, Pope Francis is standing by his point of view. He has made the statement twice during the past fortnight: once on Saturday on during his in-flight press conference when he left Egypt. He was first reported saying on 22 April when he was meeting with Read more

Vatican takes nine more Syrian refugees

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The Vatican has brought nine more Syrian refugees to Rome. This adds to the 12 who accompanied Pope Francis when he returned from the Greek island of Lesbos in April. The nine refugees, like the twelve who preceded them, were living in a refugee camp on Lesbos. The Sant’Egidio community in Rome has agreed to Read more

Pope rescues 12 Syrian refugees from Greek island

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Pope Francis has rescued 12 Syrian refugees from the Greek Island of Lesbos, which he visited to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Three refugee families, including six children, boarded the Pope’s plane for Rome at the end of his short visit on April 16. A Vatican spokesman said: “The Pope has desired to make a gesture Read more

Pope irked by media fixation on divorce, Communion

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Pope Francis has spoken of his annoyance at the media’s seeming fixation on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. On his flight back from the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, the Pope was asked about a much-commented-upon footnote in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In a section of the document discussing pastoral Read more

Pope Francis — in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Ines San Martin (Crux): Holy Father, what we’ve read… The first question is about the trip. This trip is happening just after an accord between the European Union and Turkey has come about … Do you think this is a political question in order save time? This morning, you met with the presidential candidate, Bernie Read more

Pope Francis to visit refugees on Greek island

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Pope Francis will meet with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16 to show his support and solidarity for the migrants. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press office, said the invitation for the pope to visit the island came from Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and Greek president Read more