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It's time to respond

· The sorrow of the Pontiff who called for the international community to respond decisively so as to prevent more tragedies in the Mediterranean ·

Nine hundred people are feared dead after a terrible shipwreck during the night between Saturday and Sunday along the Libyan coast. 

This immigration tragedy is without a doubt the worst since World War II. A disaster at the gates of Europe which demonstrates weakness, if not inconsistency, in responding to the cry for help in the Mediterranean. A policy has yet to be established in the European Union — where conflicting ideas exist, but where individualism prevails — as to how to respond to these tragedies. However, the life toll could have proven to be much worse without the commitment and courage undertaken in recent months by the men and women of the Italian Navy.

Pope Francis made “a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated,” he said after reciting the Regina Caeli with the faithful in St Peter's Square. “They are men and women like us”, the Pontiff said, expressing his sorrow, “our brothers and sisters who are searching for a better life, they are hungry, persecuted, wounded, abused, victims of war. They were searching for happiness”. 

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 21, 2018

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