Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time when political concerns overshadow the world’s attention, said a relief agency leader in the country.
“The Pope’s trip to the frontlines of the European refugee crisis comes at a critical time. The continent of Europe is currently experiencing a vacuum of leadership with the politics of the crisis oftentimes overshadowing the plight of those on the move,” Josh Kyller of Catholic Relief Services told EWTN News.
Kyller is the U.S.-based relief agency’s emergency coordinator for the refugee and migrant response in the region. He said the Pope is “making the ultimate statement by avoiding the politics.”
“Instead, he draws our attention to the tens of thousands of those who are suffering.”
Kyller spoke to EWTN News from Athens on April 13, shortly before Pope Francis’ one-day visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, a major transit point for refugees and migrants seeking entry to Europe. He will be accompanied by the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, and Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos II.