Pope asks to visit refugees in Greece

2016-04-05 16:13
A migrant girl walks along tracks at the railway station near the makeshift refugee camp at Idomeni. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

A migrant girl walks along tracks at the railway station near the makeshift refugee camp at Idomeni. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

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Vatican City - The Vatican says discussions are under way about a possible trip by Pope Francis to Greece as it begins deporting migrants back to Turkey.

Vatican spokesperson the Reverend Federico Lombardi stressed that no decision had been made and no itinerary planned. But in an e-mail on Tuesday to The Associated Press he said: "However, I don't deny that there are contacts about a possible trip."

A Greek ecclesiastic website, Dogma, reported on Tuesday that Francis was planning to visit refugees in Lesbos next week along with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos.

A controversial European Union plan to stem the flow of refugees began on Monday with more than 200 people deported from Greek islands to Turkey.

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