Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos
Pope Francis has arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos to visit and show solidarity with the many refugees there. The Pope touched down just after 9am Rome time after a flight from the city's Fiumicino airport.
In a tweet posted as he left, he wrote, “Refugees are not numbers, they are people who have faces, names, stories, and need to be treated as such.”
Following his arrival by plane, Pope Francis met briefly with the Prime Minister of Greece, and is due to travel to the Mòria refugee camp, which is home to about 2,500 people.
Pope Francis will spend six hours on the island and will be accompanied by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymus II.
A joint declaration will be signed while at the camp.
(from Vatican Radio)