Pope Francis visits refugee camp in Greece, condemns migrant exploitation

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Pope Francis condemned the exploitation of refugees for political propaganda on Sunday, as he paid his second visit to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, a main entry point for migrants that has become a symbol of the plight of refugees.

Francis, who first visited Lesbos in 2016 and took 12 Syrian refugees back to Italy with him, returned briefly as part of his five-day trip to Cyprus and Greece to meet with refugees at the Mavrovouni camp, which holds about 2,300 people.

As he entered the camp, the pope greeted and shook hands with dozens of asylum-seekers, including young children, who lined up to see him.

Francis, for the second straight day, chided those who use the migration crisis for political ends.

“It is easy to stir up public opinion by instilling fear of others,” he said, adding that people who are anti-immigrant “fail to speak with equal vehemence” about the exploitation of the poor, wars and the arms industry. “The remote causes should be attacked, not the poor people who pay the consequences and are even used for political propaganda,” he said.

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