Pope Francis in Athens for first papal visit in two decades | AFP

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Pope Francis in Athens for first papal visit in two decades | AFP

Pope Francis is greeted by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greek Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and representatives of civil and religious society as he begins a landmark trip to Greece with the first visit to Athens by a pontiff in two decades, aiming to improve historically fraught relations with the country’s Orthodox Church and highlight the plight of refugees. The 84-year-old’s visit to the Greek capital is the first by a pope since John Paul II in 2001, which in turn was the first papal visit to Athens since the 1054 Schism between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

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