Team vis­its is­land to dis­cuss Pope’s do­na­tion

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A team from the Apos­tolic Nun­cia­ture of Greece yes­ter­day vis­ited the eastern Aegean is­land of Lesvos to as­sess how a 50,000-euro earth­quake re­lief do­na­tion by Pope Fran­cis can be best put to use. Pope Fran­cis made the do­na­tion at the start of the month to boost re­lief ef­forts on Lesvos after it was struck by a 6.3-Richter earth­quake on June 12 that left one woman dead and de­stroyed dozens of build­ings in the vil­lages of Vrisa and Polich­ni­tos. The team was headed by Mon­seigneur Mas­simo Cat­terin, charge d’af­faires of the Nun­cia­ture, and Catholic Metropoli­tan Arch­bishop of Naxos, An­dros, Ti­nos and My­conos Niko­laos Prin­te­sis. The Pope’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives met with Lesvos Mayor Spy­ros Gali­nos and other is­land and Greek Ortho­dox Church of­fi­cials who briefed them on the dam­age caused by June’s quake, and then vis­ited the stricken ar­eas. They de­cided that 30,000 of the 50,000-euro do­na­tion would go to­wards re­pair­ing the lo­cal school in Polich­ni­tos so that it will be able to open when the school year starts in Septem­ber, and the re­main­ing 20,000 eu­ros would be placed with Myti­lene Metropoli­tan Bishop Iakovos, to be dis­trib­uted at his dis­cre­tion for church re­pairs.

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