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Angelus. Pope Francis remembers 150 migrants who drowned in a shipwreck earlier this week


In the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis commented on what the United Nations called "the worst loss of life this year in the Mediterranean.

A boat containing roughly 300 migrants had it's engine fail before it capsized Thursday just off the coast of Libya. An estimated 150 are assumed dead.

POPE FRANCIS
I renew a heartfelt appeal so the international community acts promptly and decisively, to avoid the repetition of similar tragedies and guarantee the safety and dignity of everyone. I invite you to pray with me for the victims and their families, and ask the heartfelt question: "Father, why?"

This question was also tied in to his reflection on the Our Father. The pope explained this prayer allows one to call on God like a curious child asking for answers from his or her father.

POPE FRANCIS
In the Our Father, if we stop at the first word, we do the same as when we were children- we attract the Father's gaze on us. By saying, "Father, Father", and by asking, "Why?" He will look at us.

The pope explained that these questions help form the intimate Father-son relationship that Christ desires with each of his children. In the same way, it spurred the disciples to ask Jesus how to pray, which resulted in the Our Father.