A delegation from the Vatican met with refugees and migrants at the reception center in Moria, a village on the Greek island of Lesbos. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski promised: "The Catholic Church is ready to host refugees."
Three years after Pope Francis himself visited Moria, a Papal delegation from the Vatican arrived in Lesbos for a Papal visit on Friday. The group was headed by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, chief almoner of the Holy See; also in attendance was the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich. The Vatican representatives met with Lesbos mayor Spyros Galinos and the Moria center's governor, Yannis Balbakakis, for a tour of the site to meet with migrants and refugees. The officials also held talks regarding the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece and Europe in general.
'The Catholic Church is ready to host refugees'
Overall, it is estimated that Greece's population of asylum seekers will surpass the 90,000 mark by the end of 2019 at current rates. With its current systems and infrastructure, Greece's Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas recently conceded that the country only has the capacity to process 20,000 asylum applications every year. In 2018, Greece received more than three times as many (67,000 applications).