Pope to visit Cyprus and Greece from 2-6 next month… Lesbos refugee camp


Pope Francis will tour Cyprus and Greece on the 2nd-6th of next month, the Vatican said.

“At the invitation of the relevant governmental authorities and the Conference of Bishops, the Vatican will undertake an apostolic journey to Cyprus and Greece,” the Vatican said.

According to the schedule released by the Vatican, the Pope will first visit Cyprus’ capital Nicosia on the 2nd-4th of next month, then leave for Greece on the 4th and stay until the 6th.

In Greece, along with Athens, a visit to a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos is planned.

Cyprus is a country belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church.

90% of the total population of 1.21 million are Orthodox and only 3% of the Roman Catholic population.

However, the history of Catholicism is deep, with a legend that St. Paul converted to Catholicism the governor Lucius Sergius Paulus, who was sent to Cyprus by the Roman Empire in the 1st century.

This is the second time that the Pope, the head of the World Catholic Church, will visit Cyprus, following Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

In Greece, visits to refugee camps on the island of Lesbos attract attention.

The Pope also visited Camp Moria, the largest refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, in 2016, and returned to the Vatican with about 10 Syrian refugees who were living there to provide shelter.

This is the Pope’s third overseas trip since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pope successfully completed his first historical visit to Iraq in March and visited Hungary and Slovakia in September.

It was his 35th overseas pastoral journey since his accession in 2013, AFP reported.

The Pope, who is recovering from surgery for colon stenosis in July, is known to be able to carry out short-distance trips without much difficulty.

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