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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.

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.

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.