Cardinal Maradiaga: The visit of Pope Francis to Lampedusa should be a reminder to everyone of the plight of millions of refugees
The President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, has said Pope Francis’s visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday this week should remind everyone of the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Speaking on Tuesday from Rome, he noted that religious leaders and faith based organizations have a key role to play in making sure that those refugees are treated with dignity and compassion. At Lampedusa the Pope condemned what he called the globalization of indifference towards migrants. For the last ten years Lampedusa has become the landing point for thousands of African migrants who cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe either escaping wars from their countries or in search of better living conditions. Thousands of them have died in the turbulent waters of the sea. There are more than 40 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people in the world today. Cardinal Maradiaga has called for greater protection for them.