Pope Sends Message to Mark Lampedusa Anniversary

Encourages Christians and Institutions to be Courageous in Offering Relief

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Pope Francis has sent a message to mark the first anniversary of his pastoral visit to the island of Lampedusa, which is a major way-point for irregular migrants from North Africa who seek to enter Europe.

In the Message, addressed to Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Archdiocese of Agrigento, of which the island is a part, Pope Francis writes, “I encourage the Christian communities and all people of good will to continue to reach out and lend a helping hand to all those who are in need, without counting the cost, without fear, with tenderness and understanding.”

The Holy Father continues: “At the same time, I hope that the competent institutions, especially at the European level, might be most courageous and generous in refugee relief.”

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