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World Migrants: In Cyprus Pope Francis denounces slavery and torture

00:30  04 december  2021
00:30  04 december  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Pope Francis , at an emotional meeting with migrants , said on Friday he had a responsibility to tell the hard truth about the suffering of refugees, many held in conditions he compared to those in Naz… Francis , who has made defence of migrants and refugees a cornerstone of his pontificate, spoke at the end of his second day in Cyprus , where he met migrants , some of whom will be among 50 to be re-located to Italy on his initiative over the coming months. Departing from a prepared speech, he said many people were still asking how Nazi concentration camps or Stalinist gulags in the post-war period

LARNACA , Cyprus – Pope Francis arrived on Cyprus on Thursday with a focus on inter-faith dialogue and lending his support to a country on one of the frontlines of Europe’s migration crisis. Francis , who will travel on to Greece on Dec. 4, was to meet with Cyprus ’s president on Thursday as Young children waving flags of Cyprus and the Vatican welcomed Francis at Larnaca airport, and three young girls in Cypriot traditional dress gave him bouquets of flowers. Cyprus says it is struggling to cope with an influx of undocumented migrants , either through a dividing line splitting the island, or

7000 people in Cyprus, living in the island or elsewhere, participated in Mass Mass presided over by Pope Francis in the Nicosia Stadium. The Sovereign Pontiff gave the floor to migrants who told their calvary and hopes. View on euronews

Le Pape François célèbre une messe oecuménique l'église de la Sainte-Croix à Nicosie, Chypre, le 3 décembre 2021 © Alessandra Tarantino / Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved Pope Francis celebrates a Ecumenical Mass The Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia, Cyprus, December 3, 2021

7000 people in Cyprus, from the island or elsewhere, participated in Mass Multilingual chaired by Pope Francis in the Nicosia stadium. The Sovereign Pontiff advocated peace and dialogue, on the island divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974. But it is his speech for migrants who marked the spirits.

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"How can we fail to hear the cry of so many brothers and sisters who prefer to face a tempestuous sea rather than die slowly in Libyan detention camps, places of torture and ignoble slavery ?" he said.

Pope Francis (pictured) denounced the 'indifference' the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed a dozen migrants would be moved from Cyprus to Italy. Earlier, the Cypriot Interior Ministry had thanked Francis and the Holy See for the initiative to relocate 50 people, saying it was a recognition of Cyprus ' inability to continue to absorb an influx of migrants . The Vatican didn't immediately respond when asked about the discrepancy, though presumably more could eventually be transferred since Sant'Egidio for years has run relocation and 'humanitarian corridor' services to bring

"brothers and sisters, that's what happens today, launched Pope Francis. Côtes near us have become bridges for slave trade. I have seen filmed evidence. These are places of torture, where people are sold. I say that because my responsibility is to help you open your eyes. "

The Pope has parallel with the Nazis, or Stalin during the Second World War. Then the floor was given to the migrants who told their Calvary

Rozh came from Iraq, says:

"I had to flee violence, bombs, knives, hunger and pain. I was forced to Following dusty roads, I was pushed into trucks, I was hidden in car safes, I was thrumped in perdition boats. I was wrong, exploited, forgotten, denied. "

Mariamie has dreams, since his departure from the Democratic Republic of Congo:

"I dream of being the first of my class and to become a doctor. And I dream of being welcomed everywhere, here in the church, in every class and in each store. "

The Pope intends to transfer from Cyprus to Italy 50 migrants, according to President Cypriot Nicos Anastasiades. The Vatican has not confirmed this announcement immediately.

10,000 migrants would have arrived in the first ten months of the year on the island, it is an important figure on a population of 1 million inhabitants. The Republic of Cyprus says to record the largest number of asylum primary applicants in Europe.

Pope ends visit to Greece focused on the plight of migrants .
Pope Francis on Monday wraps up a landmark three-day visit to Greece which has been marked by his calls for better treatment of migrants in Europe and a visit to asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos. After a last meeting with young people at a Catholic school, the pope is due to leave Athens to return to Rome at the end of the morning. Since his arrival in Greece on Saturday, Francis has met with the head of the Greek Orthodox Church and visited the Mavrovouni tent camp on Lesbos, where he called the neglect of migrants the "shipwreck of civilisation".

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