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Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People mourns African Migrants who died at Lampedusa on Thursday, October 3rd

The Pontifical Council for Migrants and itinerant people issued a statement on Friday expressing sadness at the death of over one hundred African immigrants off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The boat in which the immigrants were travelling was carrying 500 people and sank when it accidentally caught fire. The Italian coast guards said on Friday that they had recovered 111 bodies but 200 others were still missing. Only 159 were rescued alive. The dead included children, men and women. A funeral mass was celebrated in the Vatican by the officials of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People for those who died. The council expressed concerns that many immigrants die every year in the Mediterranean Sea and in other zones of the world and called for a reflection on these accidents and their causes. In a related development, the archbishop of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, his Grace , has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and also called upon governments in African countries to find solutions to the problems that compel their citizens to take risky ventures which lead to tragedies such as that which happened on Thursday at Lampedusa. 00:01:44:52


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