Interview with National Catholic Reporter

Small islands are settings for big messages as Francis heads to Cyprus, Greece

For Fr. Nicolas Kazarian, director of inter-Orthodox, ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, migration is an area in which Francis has “dived into our common witness.”

“I would say that Pope Francis is the hero of the ‘preferential option for the migrant,’ much as Pope John Paul II spoke about the ‘preferential option for the poor,'” Kazarian told NCR. “Protecting migrants has become an opportunity for rapprochement with the Orthodox Church and its involvement in ministering to them.”

Continue reading.