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Pope Francis visits refugees on the Greek island Lesbos

15/04/2016 6:51 pm

Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, 16 April 2016.

Of the one million plus migrants and asylum seekers who made the hazardous journey to Greece last year, nearly half arrived in Lesbos.

Pope Francis, alongside his friend the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, will visit the Moria Refugee Camp - a place that has received as many as 2,000 refugees a day. They will be accompanied by His Beatitude Jerome, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

At the camp, Pope Francis will individually greet 250 asylum seekers.

Later the pope will give an address before the three senior religious leaders will each recite a short prayer for the victims of migration.

They will then call for a minute of silence and receive laurel wreaths from children, which will be launched into the sea.

Our studio guest, the bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa, Dr Harry Hagopian, discusses the visit in context with its humanitarian, ecumenical and political implications.

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