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World Pope Francis begins a four-day trip to the Mediterranean

23:00  01 december  2021
23:00  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Pope Francis is expected this Thursday, December 2 in Cyprus, then in Greece Saturday where he will carry out his 35th apostolic trip since his election. A four-day trip to the mainly orthodox to Nicosia, Athens and the island of Lesbos, where he will meet again migrants.

with our correspondent in Rome, Eric Senanque

of Lampedusa in Rabat via Lesbos, this new displacement confirms the importance of the Mediterranean space in the pontificate of the Argentine Pope.

"The Mediterranean has a particular vocation: it is the sea of ​​miscegenation, culturally always open to the meeting, dialogue and reciprocal inculturation. These words, Pope Francis pronounced them in Bari on February 23, 2020 during a meeting with all the bishops of the Mediterranean basin. Words that could resonate to the next few days in Cyprus and Greece.

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Over his pontificate attention to the Mediterranean space has become for Francis one of his priorities. Whether in Morocco or already in Greece in 2016, the Pope has not ceased to recall how much was played in this region some of the geostrategic balance of the world.

It is first of all the road of so many migrations, often murderers , between the South and the North, East and West. It is then, in the eyes of the pope, a space where cultures and religions are called to meet and dialogue.

"The Mediterranean is moving away but closer"

comes to the Vatican last spring, the Archbishop of Marseille had entrusted that the Pope considered his city as "the gateway" of a possible trip to France. "The Mediterranean is closer but it also brings closer," said Wednesday, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, believing that one of the challenges of this trip was to transform "this space that divides into an opportunity for meetings". Words pronounced on the eve of the departure of François for Nicosia, the last city of Europe still cut in two.

The next step of what some call the Pope's "Mediterranean pilgrimage" will take place on February 27 in the city of Florence. François Y is expected for a symposium with dozens of mayors and bishops around the Mediterranean.

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