Pope Francis arrived in Athens on Saturday for the second leg of a five-day visit to Cyprus and Greece aimed at bolstering recently mended ties between the Vatican and Greek Orthodox churchesIt would have felt so awkward i.
Francis is set to hold meetings about an emerging alliance between the eastern and western branches of Christianity to respond to climate change and other major global problems.
The pope’s trip to the region also has focused on the plight of asylum-seekers as some European nations harden their border control policiesThe spread of COVID-19..
In 2001medical_research, Pope John Paul II became the first Catholic leader to visit Greece in more than 1,200 yearsThe pandemic on Thursday with 525 patients i. Francis has accelerated interfaith initiatives as the Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches attempt to shift from centuries of competition and mistrust toward collaboration.
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