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Vatican: Looking for ways to help those who work, live on sea

Since 1890, the Catholic Church has had a presence in this field, through its Apostleship of the Sea, by providing maritime chaplains on vessels worldwide. CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒPresident, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People“The mission of the Apostleship of the Sea is to meet the unique religious demands of sailors , fishermen, their families, ports staff and really all those whose work revolves traveling by sea.”But times have changed and so has the sea industry. To discuss new ways to help employees who work out in the sea, a meeting will take place from November 19th to the 23rd. About 400 people are expected to participate from roughly 71 countries. CARD. ANTONIO MARIA VEGLIÒPresident, Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People“There are some issues that directly and even violently threaten the lives of those who work out at sea, so we will discuss those issues during the meeting. It will be a way to show that the Church is concerned along with all those who have sailors, fishermen and their families in their hearts.”Among those attending the meeting will be the chaplain who was on the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it crashed last February. Also there will be Giuseppe Lubrano, an Italian captain who was kidnapped by pirates for ten months. It will be an opportunity for those who are on the ground, to help those who spend most of their time out in the sea. BR/KLH MGVM-PR