Pope arrives in Cyprus after pledge to relocate 50 refugees to Italy

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# 03 December 2021 18:32 (UTC +04:00)

Pope Francis has arrived in Cyprus armed with a message of compassion for the thousands of people who have sought sanctuary on the east Mediterranean island, and a promise that by the end of the year 50 refugees will have been relocated to Italy, APA reports citing The Guardian.

The pontiff embarked on the politically sensitive tour on Thursday as the EU country closest to the Middle East struggles with an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.

“They are our brothers and sisters,” he said in a video message before the visit.

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