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Cyprus, Greece Prepare to Welcome Pope Francis in his “Apostolic Journey”

Pope Francis Greece CyprusPope Francis met asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos in 2016. Credit: AMNA

Pope Francis begins on Thursday a five-day visit to the predominantly Orthodox nations of Cyprus and Greece,  in what is described by the Vatican as an “Apostolic visit.”

The Vatican says that Francis will visit “as a pilgrim” and that he “will follow in the footsteps of the first great missionaries, especially the Apostles Paul and Barnabas.”

His first stop is Cyprus where Francis is expected to land at Larnaca airport at 3 pm (local time) on Thursday. He is expected to raise the migration question — and Cyprus’ nearly half-century division.

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