The Pope, on tour Cyprus and Greece, He has visited the thousands of refugees on the island of Lesbos, a symbol of the migration crisis. Francisco recalled that the future will only be prosperous if he reconciles with the weak.
This Sunday, the Pope visited a refugee camp in Lesbos where 2,500 people live. Pope Francis has referred to the Mediterranean Sea through which thousands of migrants try to reach Europe and has asked that this sea not become a Mare mortum. “Let’s not allow it to become the” sea of oblivion. I beg you: Let’s stop this shipwreck of civilization! “, He explained, lamenting that the Mediterranean could become a” cold cemetery without tombstones. “According to the United Nations, there are a total of 82 million refugees in the world.
Francisco has also criticized the attitudes of many political leaders. For the pontiff they are “nationalistic selfishness” and “cynical disinterest” that “drag public opinion fostering fear of the other.” In addition, he has asked to speak of the poor or the forgotten wars “generously financed”.
The Pope criticizes the situation
The Pope has warned about the democratic setback that is being experienced in many countries of the world. “Closures and nationalisms, history teaches us, lead to disastrous consequences. It is an illusion to think that it is enough to safeguard ourselves, defending ourselves from the weakest that knock on the door. The future will put us more and more in contact with each other; To guide it towards the good, unilateral actions do not serve, but broader policies, “he pointed out.
Among his activities, the pontiff has maintained a meeting 200 people, mostly refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, has visited the containers where they are received and has heard as many testimonies as those of volunteers working there.
Francisco has been outraged by a situation that has changed “little” since his last visit to Lesbos in 2016 and has lashed out at the “continuing rebound of responsibilities.”