Posted on Jan 06, 2019
Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday (Jan 6th) to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants stuck aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and let them land at a safe port of call, Reuters reports.
With his comments in an address to 60,000 people in St. Peter’s Square for the feast of the Epiphany, Francis jumped into a diplomatic fracas between Italy and Malta and into an internal dispute among leaders of Italy’s populist government.
“I make a heartfelt appeal to European leaders to show concrete solidarity for these people,” Francis said, raising his voice. They were only “seeking a safe port where they can disembark”, he said.
Spain has reportedly offered to assist in the matter in order to prevent the further suffering of the migrants.
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