Pope Francis to Visit Lampedusa’s Migrants

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

“Pope Francis to visit migrant island of Lampedusa,” from the BBC:

Pope Francis is to make a visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday, to pray for illegal migrants lost at sea trying to reach Europe.

A Vatican statement said the Pope had been profoundly touched by a recent fatal shipwreck off the island of a boat carrying migrants from Africa.

The visit is expected to be extremely low-key, with no official welcome.

Lampedusa, about 80 miles (120km) from Tunisia, is one of the nearest gateways to Europe for African migrants…

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