During a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the “shipwreck of civilization” during a speech at the Mavrooni Immigration Camp. Known unfortunately for the tragedies of emigration, Sovereign Pontiff called the Mediterranean a “cold tomb without graves.”
Before about forty exiles, the Pope Francis In a provocative speech at the Mavrovouni immigrant camp in Lesbos on Sunday (December 5), he called for an end to the “shipwreck of civilization”, five years after his first visit to this Greek island, a symbol of the immigration crisis.
The Mediterranean is becoming a cold tomb without graves (…) I beg you, let’s stop this civilization from sinking! ‘ .
The pope was warmly welcomed by a crowd of immigrants gathered between containers and camp tents at the Mavrooni camp, which has about 2,200 asylum seekers. The Holy Father greeted and blessed the long-serving families, including many children. “Welcome!”, “We love you”, we can hear.
Under one tent, before regretting that the Mediterranean “cradle of many civilizations” was “no longer like a mirror of death,” he listened to the delightful choir of exiles, “remembering that little bodies were lying on the beaches.”
“Do not allow Murray Nostrum to turn into a ruined mortuary, let this meeting turn into an arena of conflict! Do not turn this ocean of memory into an ocean of oblivion,” he stressed before Greece. President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Greek Minister of Migration Notis Mitarachi.
Forty asylum seekers, mostly Catholics from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), later attended prayers to the Pope’s Virgin.
Earlier, Christian Tango, a 31-year-old Congolese national, addressed the pope, thanking him for his “humanitarian” spirit, before he “reveals” to all his “immigrants and refugees” his prayers. We need a safe haven in Europe. “
“We are human beings, not prisoners.”
“We are human beings, we are refugees. We are to be treated as human beings, not as prisoners,” Congolese MP Madoda, who attended the prayer, told AFP.
Nearly 900 police officers are stationed on the island of Greece. Banners abounded here and there around the town of Mytilini to welcome “Pope Francis” or to denounce the alleged withdrawal of immigrants to Turkey.
In the open, the tent camp was hastily set up a year ago, in the former military firing range on Aegean Island, when the then largest Moriah system in Europe was destroyed by fire.
When the island of Lesbos was the main gateway to tens of thousands of immigrants to Europe, Pope Francis visited Moria in April 2016, symbolizing that “we are all immigrants.”
His Pope’s Leadmodif, the cause for refugees, is once again the cornerstone of 35.e The Pope’s journey.
Jorge Bergoglio, from a family of Italian immigrants who settled in Argentina, never stopped supporting the reception of thousands of “brothers and sisters” regardless of religion, refugee status or economic deportation.
The 84-year-old Pope of Argentina on Saturday lamented that “Europe continues to procrastinate” in the face of “sometimes blocked” and “torn by national pride” immigrants instead of being the engine of unity.
Stop deporting migrants to Turkey
The pope saw a different situation in Lesbos from 2016, although about forty voluntary organizations have urged Francis to intervene to put an end to the alleged reunions of those deported to Turkey, which Athens denies.
In a letter to the pope, they also condemned the establishment of camps in Greece with “closed and restricted access”.
Surrounded by barbed wire and covered by X-ray portals, the three camps have already opened on the islands of Samos, Leros and Kos, with Lesbos and Chios scheduled for next year.
The pope’s visit to Lesbos was shorter than in 2016, with a mass meeting in front of about 2,500 believers in a large concert hall in Athens on Sunday.