Vatican: Pope’s Visit to Migrants on Greek Island ‘Purely Humanitarian’

In a press conference Thursday Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied a political agenda behind Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, insisting that the visit is “purely humanitarian and ecumenical.” Father Lombardi outlined the program for the Pope’s trip, providing details of the brief visit that Francis will make on Saturday, April 16, including the signing of a “joint declaration” at the Mòria Refugee Camp by the three religious leaders present for the occasion: Archbishop Hieronymos, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis. Lombardi said that the humanitarian dimension of the trip is “obvious,” with Francis wanting

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