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13:48  05 december  2021
13:48  05 december  2021 Source:   dw.com

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Pope Francis had been on Lesbos five years ago. At that time he visited the camp Moria. Again, he warned that migration and escape causes would have to be better fought.

Papst Franziskus kurz nach seiner Ankunft im Flüchtlingslager © Guglielmo Mangiapane / Reuters Pope Francis shortly after his arrival in the refugee camp

When visiting a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis has complained a globally fatal use of migration. The Mediterranean, for example, the "cradle of numerous civilizations", became the "cold cemetery without tombstones" and a "mirror of death," said the church head. "I ask you, let's stop this shipwreck of civilization," said the 84-year-old visibly moved.

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For a new beginning, it is important to see in the faces of the children, so the Pope, who had taken a lot of time to welcome the many adolescents in the camp. "Let us find the courage to be ashamed for you, who are innocent and mean the future," said the Pope in the presence of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Walls and barbed wires are not a solution. At the same time Francis demanded a more comprehensive approach to combating escape causes.

Pope criticizes migration policy repeatedly

Already 2016 had hit the pope with refugees on the Aegean Island . At that time he took three Muslim families from Syria from the camp Moria with in the Vatican. The camp was then destroyed at a fire in September 2020, then the provisional camp Mavrovouni was built.

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Es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass Franziskus Flüchtlinge besucht. Hier eine Szene von 2016 im Flüchtlingslager Moria © Reuters / f. Monteforte / Pool It's not the first time that Francis visits refugees. Here is a scene of 2016 in the refugee camp Moria

The head of the Catholic Church had already criticized the excesses of migration policy at the first station in Cyprus and a rethink demanded.

After visiting Lesbos, Francis flew back to Athens. There he will celebrate the final fair of his travel in the Megaron Concert Hall. In the evening there is another meeting with the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and Greece, Hieronymos II., On the program. On Monday, the Pope goes back to Rome again.

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