(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday reiterated his call to “every one” to work
together to prevent tragedies such as the shipwreck off the Italian coast which
has cost so many innocent lives.
Speaking to participants at the “Pacem in
Terris” Conference which is taking place in the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke of “the
numerous victims of the umpteenth tragic shipwreck that happened today near the the
Island of Lampedusa”.
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was one of the deadliest accidents in recent history in the perilous Mediterranean
Sea crossing that thousands of African migrants make every year, seeking a new life
in the European Union.
And the Pope continued saying the word that comes to
mind is “shameful – it is shameful”…
“Let us pray together for those who have
lost their lives. Men, women, children, for their families and for all refugees.”
us join our efforts so that similar tragedies are not repeated. Only a concerted
collaboration of all parties can help prevent them”. The ship carrying African
migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized on Thursday off Lampedusa, killing at
least 114 people with many more still missing.
Over 150 people were rescued
but about the same number are still unaccounted for.