Archbishop of Greece urges EU to share responsibility for refugees

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A Syrian refugee family, just entered into Europe. © Paul Jeffrey/WCC

31 March 2016

Greece’s people are exhausted from years of economic crisis and the Orthodox church head there is pleading with the European Union to reconsider its decision to limit the refugees it is accepting.

Hieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, says he is pleading for help so Greeks are not left alone to confront the massive refugee crisis facing Europe.

Archbishop Hieronymos wrote his impassioned letter for help to the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, appealing to international churches and the global community.

“Substantial interventions are imperatively needed.

“We consider that the manifestation of European solidarity, first of all through the re-examination of the decision to close the borders, but also through substantial efforts to eliminate the root-causes of the refugee crisis should be undertaken.”

He said the Holy Synod of…

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