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Prayers, action for refugees
April 24th, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS
Pope Francis, Archbishop Tartaglia speak out as death toll nears 800 after capsize of boat from Libya in one of the worst maritime disasters since the Second World War
Pope Francis is leading Church demands for Europe to take action to save the thousands of refugees who are drowning trying to cross the Mediterranean each year. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said the UK Government had a duty to ‘rescue and re-home these unfortunate people who are relying on our help’ after a boat carrying upwards of 900 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean last weekend, killing most of its passengers. It has been estimated that 1600 people have already drowned making the crossing so far this year. Speaking in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope made a ‘heartfelt appeal’ for more to be done to help the migrants, many of whom are fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East. “They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving, persecuted, wounded, exploited, victims of war,” the Holy Father said. “They were looking for a... continue reading.