‘There were so many children. Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying, drowned at sea,’ says the pontiff
VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Apr. 18, 2016) – Pope Francis spoke emotionally Sunday, April 17, of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking 3 Syrian families back to the Vatican.
The pope tells reporters that his gesture is ‘a drop in the ocean’ but hopes that afterwards, ‘the ocean will never be the same again’
ROME, Italy (UPDATED) – Declaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican.
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules
ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.