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Pope upset over latest immigrant shipwreck off Italian coast: 'It's shameful'

2013-10-03

Pope Francis expressed his frustration after learning of the latest shipwreck which killed dozens of immigrants, near the Italian island of Lampedusa. In July, he visited the island to pray for the countless lives lost at sea.  

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"It brings me great pain to think of the numerous victims in the tragic shipwreck off of Lampedusa today. The word that comes to mind is shame: it's shameful!”

There were nearly 500 immigrants on board the capsized boat, at least 80 died. On top of that, another 13 were killed on Monday as they tried to reach the island.

The Pope made those remarks at the end of an event marking 50 years of the Pacem in Terris encyclical. He also asked for prayers for the victim's families and refugees worldwide.

POPE FRANCIS
"Let us pray together to God, for those who lost their lives: men, women, children. For the families and all of the refugees. Let us join our efforts so that similar tragedies do not repeat themselves. Only decisive collaboration from everyone will help prevent them.”

On the topic of the encyclical, Pope Francis asked for greater commitment to justice and solidarity. He added that looking at the world today, he questioned whether people had learned the lessons from the document. John XXIII wrote Pacem in Terris 50 years ago at the height of the Cold War.


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