Cyprus Mail
EuropeWorld

Stop human traffickers, Pope Francis says after Italy’s migrant shipwreck

pope francis holds weekly general audience
File photo: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday called on authorities to stop human traffickers operating in the Mediterranean, as he expressed his sorrow over last week’s migrant boat disaster off Italy’s Calabrian coast, in which dozens of people were killed.

“I renew my appeal to prevent such tragedies from happening again. May traffickers of human beings be stopped,” the pope said in his weekly address to crowds in St. Peter’s Square.

Local authorities said 70 bodies had so far been recovered following the incident. The migrants had departed from Turkey and were from countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia and Syria.

“May journeys of hope never again turn into journeys of death, may the clear waters of the Mediterranean no longer be bloodied by such dramatic accidents,” the pope said.

Around 80 people survived after the boat broke up and sank in rough seas near Steccato di Cutro, a resort on the Calabria region’s eastern coast. Authorities estimated it had carried up to 200 migrants.

Three alleged traffickers were arrested this week and prosecutors began looking into the way emergency services responded to the disaster, after accusations that authorities were slow to react.

“I pray for the many victims of the shipwreck, for their families and for those who survived,” the pope said.

 

Follow the Cyprus Mail on Google News

Related Posts

Copenhagen’s stock exchange: 400 years of Danish cultural heritage up in flames

Reuters News Service

Sydney church stabbing was terrorist act say Australian police

Reuters News Service

Israeli military vows response to Iran attack as calls for restraint mount

Reuters News Service

Several people injured in a stabbing in Sydney church

Reuters News Service

Trump makes history with New York hush money criminal trial

Reuters News Service

Russian man sentenced to 14 years in prison for collaborating with Ukraine

Reuters News Service