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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a Jubilee mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile


ATHENS (Reuters) - The Church of Greece on Tuesday said it had accepted a suggestion from Pope Francis that he visit Greece to highlight the plight of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict.

The Holy Synod, the ruling body of the Greek Orthodox Church, said it had suggested the Pontiff visit the Greek island of Lesbos, the Aegean island where hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have arrived in the past year.

An official of the Church of Greece told Reuters that the visit could take place on April 14-15. Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew would also be invited, the official said.

(Reporting By Lefteris Papadimas, writing by Michele Kambas)


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