POPE FRANCIS: HOMILY IN LAMPEDUSA, MIGRANTS DEAD AT SEA "A THORN IN THE HEART"” “” “

Migrants who die at sea are like "a thorn in the heart"; this must be a wake-up call to "the conscience of everyone" to "concretely change our attitudes", the Pope said in Lampedusa, beginning his homily by describing his feelings at this news story: "Migrants dead at sea, on boats that do not lead them to hope but to death". "When a few weeks ago I learned that story, that unfortunately happens again and again – Pope Francis revealed -, I could not stop thinking of it, like a thorn in the heart that causes suffering. And I felt that I had to come here today, to pray, to show you my closeness, but also to awaken our consciences so that this does not happen again". From the beginning the Pope expressed his "sincere gratitude and encouragement" to the inhabitants of Lampedusa and Linosa, to the associations, the volunteers and the security forces who "assisted and continue to assist these people on their journey towards better conditions": "You are a small reality, but you are an example of solidarity!", he added, thanking the archbishop of Agrigento for his words. Then his thoughts went to "the dear Muslim migrants who are beginning the Ramadan fast": "The Church is close to you in your search for a more dignified life for you and your families". ” ” ” “

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