Pope Francis is visiting Marseille. There he referred to the migration crisis and denounced the indifference towards those who die at sea seeking a better life in Europe.
Pope Francis arrived in the French port city of Marseille on Friday for a two-day visit.
Opening his brief visit, the pontiff presided over a moment of silent prayer at a monument dedicated to sailors and migrants lost at sea, surrounded by Marseille religious leaders and migrant rescue organizations.
“We cannot resign ourselves to seeing human beings treated as currency, imprisoned and tortured in an atrocious manner; we cannot continue to witness the drama of shipwrecks, caused by cruel trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference” – said Francis. He added that the Mediterranean Sea has become an “immense cemetery” where many people are deprived of even their right to burial.
The visit came at a time when Europe’s migrant crisis is once again in the news, following the arrival of thousands of people on the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.
Some 350,000 Catholic faithful are expected in the city over the weekend, of which 100,000 would attend the pope’s tour of Marseille’s main avenue before Saturday’s mass at the Velodrome stadium.
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