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Immigration crisis worsening, Pope says in Lampedusa anniversary message

July 07, 2014

Pope Francis has written a message recalling the first anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa, the Italian island of 5,000 that has increasingly become the destination of refugees fleeing poverty and the violence that has accompanied the Arab Spring.

In his message, dated June 23 and released July 5, the Pope said that the immigration crisis has worsened and that it “is difficult to accept the death of these our brothers and sisters, who face grueling journeys to flee from dramas, poverty, wars, conflicts, often linked to international politics.”

The Pope added that he prays for those who died and said that the crisis needs to be addressed “not with the logic of indifference, but with the logic of hospitality and sharing in order to protect and to promote the dignity and the centrality of every human being.”


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