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Papal almoner delivers aid, solidarity to Lampedusa

Catholic World News - October 11, 2013

The papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, has reported to Pope Francis after a trip to Lampedusa, to comfort victims of the latest tragedy off the shore of the Italian island.

The presence of the papal almoner, who supervises the Holy Father’s personal charities, “made us truly feel that Pope Francis is beside us in this moment of deep pain,” Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento told the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. He said that residents of Lampedusa have been deeply moved by the recovery of dozens of bodies of accident victims.

During his visit, Archbishop Krajewski also distributed aid to immigrants temporarily housed in Lampedusa: a large tent, games for children, and cards to help them stay in touch with relatives.

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