Pope Francis heads to Greek island of Lesbos

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ROME: Pope Francis left Rome on Saturday bound for the Greek island of Lesbos, on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis.

Francis, 79, took off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 7:20 a.m. (05h20 GMT) for the island, where hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers and other migrants have arrived in recent months.

In a move bound to turn the spotlight on Europe’s controversial deal with Turkey to end the unprecedented refugee crisis, the Pontiff will visit a processing center which has been slammed as prison-like by rights groups.

His five-hour stay will also include lunch with a handful of asylum-seekers in one of the adapted containers used to accommodate them. AFP


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