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Pope Francis labels Mediterranean Europe’s largest cemetery

 - International - Jun 14
Pope Francis labels Mediterranean Europe’s largest cemetery

Pope Francis has called the Mediterranean Sea the largest cemetery in Europe, referencing the amount deaths experienced by irregular immigrants as they attempt to cross in search of a better life. According to the United Nations figures, more than 670 migrants have already died in 2021 alone. The Pope drew attention to the plight of refugees on various occasions, making the latest remark in front of those gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday.

He also highlighted the new memorial installed in Syracuse, Sicily. Many migrants lost their lives off the city’s coast in 2015 when the boat being used for travel sank. The Italian navy recovered the wreckage and now serves as tribute to the dead. ‘May this symbol of many tragedies in the Mediterranean continue to appeal to the conscience of all’ stated the Pope.

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