Despite the Pope’s recognition of the scabrous life of migrants, a few days ago, one of the Northern League’s members, Erminio Boso, said brazenly, “I’d be happy if one of the boats sank.” These sentiments from the Lega Nord are not very surprising; they have previously attempted to intimidate local Muslim communities as well as send refugees and asylum seekers back to Libya during the Arab Spring (here), earning their place amongst other right-wing political parties in Europe. Below is there response to the Pope’s visit to Lampedusa.
“Right-wingers tell Pope to stay out of politics,” from the Local:
The anti-immigration Northern League party has called on the Catholic Church to stop its “religious preaching” on immigration, just days after a plea from Pope Francis for greater tolerance in Italy.
Last Monday the Pope flew on his first trip outside Rome to the tiny of island of Lampedusa to “cry for the dead” migrants and refugees who perish trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
He urged people to heed “the cries of others” on a trip that humanitarian organisations and Italian parliament speaker Laura Boldrini, a former United Nations refugee worker, hailed as “historic”…