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A forest fire rages on the Greek island of Corfu on July 24, 2023.

Pope Francis telegrams Greece and Italy to express concerns about wildfires and storms

Jul 31, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Recent wildfires devastated large parts of Greece and left several people dead while storms in Italy damaged buildings and caused... Read more

Entrance to the chapel of the Shrine of Vryssi, a Marian pilgrimage on the island of Tinos, Greece.

Shrine of Vryssi: The centuries-old Marian holy site you’ve probably never heard of

Jul 30, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The centuries-old shrine on the island of Tinos, Greece, still draws pilgrims from around the local region. Read more

Police and emergency crews search wreckage after a train accident in the Tempi Valley near Larissa, Greece, March 1, 2023. At least 36 people were killed and another 85 injured after a collision between two trains caused a derailment near the Greek city of Larissa late at night on Feb. 28, 2023, authorities said.

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly train crash in Greece

Mar 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Authorities say at least 36 people died and more than 75 were hospitalized after two trains collided near the Vale... Read more

Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Leronymos look at the sea from Lesbos on April 16, 2016.

It’s official: Pope Francis will travel to Cyprus and Greece in December

Nov 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The five-day trip will include a stop on the Greek island of Lesbos. Read more

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis says he wants to travel to Oceania and Africa

Oct 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He confirmed that he would visit Greece and Cyprus in December. Read more

Sr. Victoria Kovalchuk with a refugee girl in Athens, Greece in April 2021.

'What I can do is love': This Catholic sister is a missionary to refugees in Greece

Apr 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

"I tell them: I came here to be with you in your situation. When you cry, I will be with... Read more

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the first female president of Greece.

Hagia Sophia: Greek president appeals to Pope Francis to put pressure on Turkey

Jul 21, 2020

The president of Greece called Pope Francis Monday urging the pope to advocate for the preservation of the status quo... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope sends condolences to victims of tragedies in Laos and Greece

Jul 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday sent his condolences to victims of wildfires in Greece and flooding caused by the collapse of a... Read more

Pope Francis visits an earthquake zone in Italy in 2016. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis donates 50,000 euros to Greek island struck by earthquake

Jul 3, 2017

Pope Francis has donated 50 thousand euros to the island of Lesbos, Greece, which is recovering from a June earthquake.  Read more

A Syrian refugee family prepares to board the papal plane from Lesbos to Rome with Pope Francis April 16, 2016.

As he leaves Greece, Pope Francis takes 12 refugees with him

Apr 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

After traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos, a primary entry point for refugees seeking passage into Europe, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis at the weekly general audience Apr 13, 2016.

Ahead of Greece trip, Pope Francis asks for prayers

Apr 13, 2016

With a last-minute trip to Lesbos just days away, Pope Francis remembered the refugees and residents of the Greek island... Read more

Athens, Greece.

Greece tour brings Saint Paul's ministry to life for priests

Aug 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

A two-week trip to Greece will let priests in Rome follow in the steps of St. Paul: all the way... Read more

Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help

Aug 6, 2015

By Elise Harris

As Greece's financial and political situation reaches a fever pitch in complexity, Caritas has stepped up and is offering help... Read more

Pope Francis greets Greek pilgrims at a General Audience address in St. Peter's Square, June 25, 2014.

Human dignity must be center of political debate – Pope on Greek debt crisis

Jul 1, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer for the people of Greece, shortly after the nation defaulted on a significant... Read more

Thousands of demonstrators gather outside the Greek parliament on Feb. 5, 2015 in Athens, Greece.

Times are hard, but don't give up – Pope's plea to Greek bishops

Feb 10, 2015

Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Greece to engage in dialogue and solidarity, values he said are particularly necessary in... Read more