Pope Francis stands by a window while he says the Angelus prayer. On Sunday, in front of numerous believers and pilgrims on St. Peter’s Square, the Pope called on the countries of the world to act on the migration crisis in Libya. Photo: Giuseppe Lami / ANSA via ZUMA Press / dpa
“I ask the international community once again to keep the promises to find a common and concrete solution for the migration flows in Libya and the entire Mediterranean region,” said the head of the Catholic Church on Sunday in front of numerous believers and pilgrims on the St. Peter’s Square.
Among other things, the 84-year-old called for priority to be given to saving the people of the Mediterranean Sea and guaranteeing them a dignified life and access to asylum procedures.
“I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and refugees in Libya,” said the Argentine. “I hear your screams and I pray for you.” So many of these men, women and children are exposed to inhuman violence.
Pope Francis has long advocated the concerns of refugees. The situation in the Mediterranean remains tense. People keep trying to get into the EU by boat from Libya and other North African countries. Sometimes the Libyan coast guard takes people on board and brings them back. Numerous aid organizations that take in migrants in distress in the Mediterranean criticize this procedure and call on the EU to act.