What Francisco found this Sunday on the Greek island of Lebos is nothing like what he knew five years ago: Moria, which was the largest refugee camp in Europe, was destroyed by fire and the migration agreement that had just been signed in 2016 , between the European Union and Turkey, is now operating in full force. Yet, with all of this, what the Pope saw was that “little has changed.” Recognizes the efforts that have been made to change but says they are insufficient
“With bitterness, however, we have to admit that this country, like others, remains under pressure and that, in Europe, there are those who persist in treating the problem as a matter that does not concern them. This is tragic,” Francisco said during a speech this Sunday at the reception and identification center in the city of Mitilene, where all persons who enter the island without authorization must register and apply for asylum.
Francisco continued not only to regret the conditions in which applicants live when they arrive in Europe, but also the dangers they face in arriving. “The Mediterranean, which for millennia united different peoples and distant lands, is becoming a cold cemetery without headstones. Let’s not let the mare nostrum turn into a desolate mare mortuum, let this meeting place become the stage for confrontations.” And he left an appeal: “Please, brothers and sisters, stop this wreck of civilization!”
The Pope is on a visit to Greece and Cyprus, a trip focused on migration issues and the reception of refugees. “While vaccinations are taking place at a global level and something seems to be moving, although amidst countless delays and uncertainties, in the fight against climate change, everything seems to go terribly wrong with regard to migrations”, he underlined. “It is sad to hear proposed, as a solution, the use of common funds to build walls, to erect barbed wire barriers. We are in the age of walls and barbed wire. It is not by erecting barriers that problems are solved and coexistence is improved.”
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