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Pope Francis Voices Support for Refugees in Trip to Greek Island of Lesbos

HeadlineDec 06, 2021

Pope Francis returned to the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend to visit a refugee camp and call on the international community to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of forced displacement, which he called a “shipwreck of civilization.” Pope Francis, who visited Lesbos in 2016, lamented that “little has changed” since then, as he spoke with refugees at the Mavrovouni camp, which holds about 2,300 people.

Pope Francis: “It is easy to stir up public opinion by instilling fear of others. Yet why do we fail to speak with equal vehemence about the exploitation of the poor, about seldom mentioned but often well-financed wars, about economic agreements where the people have to pay, about covert deals to traffic in arms favoring the proliferation of the arms trade? The remote causes should be attacked, not the poor people who pay the consequences or are even used for political propaganda.”

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