The details of the upcoming trip of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the islands of Lesvos on Saturday are being finalized. The Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch will meet with the Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos and visit the Aegean island in an effort to raise awareness over the dramatic refugee crisis.
Archbishop Ieronymos will travel to Lesvos early on Friday to meet with local bishops, while the Ecumenical Patriarch will arrive from Istanbul on Friday evening. The Pope is scheduled to arrive on Saturday morning, where he will be greeted by Ecumenical Patriarch Barthomew, Archbishop Ieronymos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
The religious leaders will visit the hot spot at Moria, where they will meet migrants and refugees and sign an open declaration to world in relation to the ongoing crisis. Aside from talks with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Archbishop and Prime Minister, the Pope will also meet with the Catholic community of Lesvos before departure.