With migrant mission to Greece, Pope cements Orthodox ties

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by karnala, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees....

    Francis has called these indiscriminate attacks on Christians – Catholic, Orthodox and others – an “ecumenism of blood,” and it wouldn’t be surprising if he uses the term again on Lesbos when he meets with refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and elsewhere....

    According to the Greek organizers, Francis and Bartholomew will visit with new arrivals at Lesbos’ Moria refugee registration center, which has essentially been turned into a detention center for refugees slated for deportation under the controversial EU-Turkey plan, which calls for new arrivals in Greece to be returned to Turkey.

  2. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    Pray and act to help refugees – what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

    Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos look out at the sea from Lesbos April. 16.

    “Together we solemnly plead for an end to war and violence in the Middle East, a just and lasting peace and the honorable return of those forced to abandon their homes,” the declaration continued. “We ask religious communities to increase their efforts to receive, assist and protect refugees of all faiths, and that religious and civil relief services work to coordinate their initiatives.”

    Pope Francis and the Orthodox leaders urged an extension of temporary asylum, refugee status for those eligible, and expanded relief efforts.

    The declaration voiced resolve to strengthen efforts to promote full Christian unity.

    “By defending the fundamental human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, and the many marginalized people in our societies, we aim to fulfill the Churches’ mission of service to the world,” they said.

    Pope Francis returned to Italy with 12 Syrian refugees, six of whom were children. They will be hosted by the Sant’Egido Community.


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