In early November, the Holy See Press Office announced that the pope would undertake a 5-day trip to Cyprus and Greece, spending December 2-4 in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, then visiting Athens and the island of Lesbos from December 4-6, after which he will return to Rome. A Cyprus government spokesman told AP the pope intends to transfer an unspecified number of migrants from Cyprus to Italy after his visit.
The last time the pope visited Lesbos, in 2016, he brought a dozen Syrian Muslims back to Italy with him on the papal plane. The Vatican describes the pope’s move as a “gesture of welcome” and enlisted the community of Sant’Egidio to provide the initial hospitality for the migrants.
There the pope prayed to God that all might “recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to You, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in Your embrace.”
Good luck with that multicultural fantasy, Your Holiness.