Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of visit with refugees

Pope Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Visit to Lesbos
Pope Will Meet With Refugees on Greek Island With Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of Athens and of Greece
General Audience
Pope Francis has called for prayers for his upcoming visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday.
During this morning’s weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pontiff said, “On Saturday, I will go to the Island  of Lesbos, where many refugees have passed in recent months.”
“I will go, together with my brothers  Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and of all Greece, to express my closeness and solidarity to the refugees  and citizens of Lesbos, and all the Greek people – who are very generous in their welcoming.”
Appealing for prayers, the Pope concluded, “I ask you to please accompany me with prayer, invoking the light and strength of the Holy Spirit and the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary.”
On April 7th, the Vatican confirmed the papal visit noting the Pontiff has accepted the invitations of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew and of the Greek president.
Pope Francis will meet with the refugees on the island together with the Ecumenical Patriarch and with His Beatitude Hieronimus II, Archbishop of Athens and of Greece.
The Argentine Pontiff who has been very vocal about supporting refugees and migrants is traveling to the Greek Island to show support and solidarity for refugees in the midst of the migrant crisis in Europe. Many of these immigrants are fleeing from conflicts or persecution in the Middle East and Africa, while many so-called economic migrants are seeking better living conditions in Europe or other Western countries.
After Pope Francis’ election in 2013, his first trip was to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, where hundreds of thousands of immigrants have also arrived, in order to show them his support.
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