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World Before the arrival of the Pope to Lesbos, we improve the reception conditions of the migrants

08:30  04 december  2021
08:30  04 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 31 dead

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‘Joy born from the womb of sadness’: When Pope Francis flew 12 people out of Europe’s biggest migrant camp. Pope Francis welcomes 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after flying them out of the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, 2016. (Filippo Monteforte/EPA). Though the 12 who flew to Italy with Francis are regularly mentioned in articles about the pope and migrants , their stories have not been widely documented. All have since earned refugee protection. One of the families relocated to Genoa, in Italy’s north.

During the mass, four migrants from different parts of the world shared stories of their journeys and the suffering they had experienced. In 2016, Pope Francis famously brought a dozen Syrian refugees home with him aboard the papal plane on his return from a visit to the island of Lesbos in Greece. The Pope will continue on to Greece on Saturday where he will stay for a further two days. It is not clear whether more than 12 people would be transferred to Italy – the Vatican did not immediately respond when asked about the discrepancy in numbers, although AP reported that Cyprus's Interior

C'est à Lesbos, en avril 2016, que le pape François avait lancé son fameux : « nous sommes tous migrants. » © Filippo Monteforte, Filippo Monteforte Pool / AFP / file is Lesbos, in April 2016, that Pope Francis had Launched his famous: "We are all migrants.

After a first stop in Cyprus, the Pope starts this Saturday, December 4 a three-day visit to Greece, which will be marked by a passage Sunday in Lesbos. It will be the second visit of the Pope, after that of 2016, on this island symbol of migratory flows, which has housed the camp of Moria - long the largest in Europe - destroyed by a fire in September 2020.

with our envoy Special in Lesbos, Joel Bronner

In recent days, the reception conditions of the temporary camp, which replaced that of Moria, have been partially improved just before the symbolic and media visit of the Pope. In Lesbos, even if they rejoice, a lot smiles. A situation described, among others, Marion Bouchettel, the NGO Legal Center Lesvos: "Several tents have been replaced, the great tents that housed 80 to 100 people and who burned mid-November were evacuated. There are many buildings and cleaning that are in progress. But it is not representative of what is happening and living conditions that are imposed on people in these camps. »(19s)

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The pontiff spent five hours on Lesbos with Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and Ieronymos II, the archbishop of Athens and Greece, meeting refugees and holding a service to bless those who have died trying to reach Europe. A group of Syrian refugees arrive to board a plane to travel to Italy with Pope Francis Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images. A spokesman for the Holy See said: “ The pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all

The Vatican said Pope Francis wanted to 'make a gesture of welcome' to the three families who arrived in the camp before the new EU deal with Turkey was implemented on March 20. It is understood that paperwork for the 12 people, including six children, was arranged in advance. While on Lesbos , Pope Francis blasted people smugglers and arms traffickers who he blamed for worsening the current refugee crisis in Europe. Addressing a large group of asylum seekers in a reception camp on the Greek island of Lesbos , Pope Francis said migrants were not numbers but people with 'faces


Video: Cyprus: The Pope calls" the unit "in the middle of the migratory crisis (France 24)

Beyond the cosmetic evolutions that engendered the arrival of the pope For George Pallis, former deputy and pharmacist, who discusses daily with the inhabitants of the capital of Mytilene Island, this arrival of the Sovereign Pontiff does not cause as much expectations as that of 2016.

"the first time, when The pope had come, the atmosphere was different, people hoped for a change, something different. This time the enthusiasm is not the same.

A minimum, the impending visit of the Pope will have already brought a slight change: the one, just before the winter, the accommodation conditions of the asylum seekers of the lesbos camp.

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Greece: Greece: the migrants between doubt and hope after the visit of Pope Francis to Lesbos .
© AP - Alessandra Tarantino Pope Francis exchanging with migrants during his visit from the Camp Mavarouvoni on the island of Lesbos, the 5th December 2021. Sunday, December 5th, Pope Francis visited Lesbos Island. It was his second visit in five years on this island, symbol of migratory flows to Europe. A new host and identification center, Mavarouvoni, replaced that of Moria, destroyed by a fire at the end of 2020.

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