Pope says will meet wounded humanity among Lesbo migrants

Pontiff in Greece and Cyprus. Possibile transfer of 50 migrants

01 December, 12:59

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 01 DIC - Pope Francis said on Wednesday at the end of his general audience that he will travel on Thursday to the island of Cyprus in Greece, "to pay a visit to the dear communities of those countries rich in history and civilisation".

    "It will be a hug to Christians of various confessions and an opportunity to approach wounded humanity in the flesh of so many migrants in search of hope. I will go to Lesbo. I ask you to accompany me with prayer," he said.

    Meanwhile, Father Jerzy Kraj, a Franciscan and the patriarchal vicar for Cyprus, confirmed what Vatican Press Office Director Matteo Bruni said Tuesday regarding the possibility that Pope Francis will bring a group of refugees from Cyprus to Italy, as happened in his visit to the Greek island of Lesbo in April 2016.

    "It is an option under consideration," Kraj told SIR news agency.

    "The Community of Sant'Egidio is at work. The government spoke of 50 migrants whose situations are now being examined by the authorities. It is a matter of waiting for the completion of the bureaucratic process," he said.

    "In any case they would not be transferred on the papal flight. In the meantime, 12 of them will participate on Friday in the pope's ecumenical prayer with migrants in the Franciscan parish Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia". (ANSAmed).

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