Pope Francis meets with Lampedusa survivors

(ANSA) - Vatican City, October 1 - Pope Francis on Wednesday had a private and reportedly emotional audience in the Vatican with a group of migrants who survived a shipwreck near the southern Italian island

(ANSA) – Vatican City, October 1 – Pope Francis on Wednesday had a private and reportedly emotional audience in the Vatican with a group of migrants who survived a shipwreck near the southern Italian island of Lampedusa a year ago.
The pontiff called on European men and women to open their hearts to the migrants’ plight. “I want to say that I am close to you, I pray for you and I pray that all closed doors shall open” said the pontiff according to Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi. The boat disaster took place on October 3, 2013 and claimed the death of 368 people, most of them Somali and Eritrean refugees. Another disaster 10 days later claimed 34 lives. Lombardi specified that the delegation who met with the pope was composed of 37 Eritreans made up of survivors and their families, coming from European countries such as Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland and Denmark.
Some of the migrants spoke to the pope in English, others in their language, thanking him for his commitment and pleading for his continued support.
Francis travelled to Lampedusa in July 2013 where he denounced “the globalization of indifference” including attitudes towards migrants who risk their lives trying to reach Europe via Italy from Africa.
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  • yonas October 2, 2014

    DEAR FM ON: IF YOU THINK THAT TIGRAY HISTORY FITS YOU GO AHEAD AND REPEAT THAT SONG OF YOURS’KAB TIGRAY ZEYWLED AYCHEWAN’.DO YOU THINK OTHERS CAME FROM MARS?EVER COUNTRY OR REAGION GOT IT’S HISTORY AND CULTURE.WHAT YOU SAYING IS JUST A TALE FROM ONE REGION THAT DOESN’T APPLY TO ANYBODY OUTSIDE THAT AREA SO STOP THAT BLUFFING.ERITREA IS ERITREA AND TIGRAY IS ETHIOPIA OTHER THAN THAT IS A FICTION.IF YOU TRYING TO APPLY THAT FICTION’KAB TIGRAY ZEYWLED AYCHEWAN’ TO OTHERS IT IS LIKE A JOKE.IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT HISTORY AND CULTURE,EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN IDEA AND EXPLANATION.GOD BLESS ERITREA!

  • wedi October 2, 2014

    yonas. u need money frm the liver that ur dad saved up i know eritrea to eritrean not for who sale eritrean liver like hgdef ok dont worry we are getting back eritrea into the belongs very soon aseyas and ur dad and kisha and monkey and u going to the trees very soon …2014

  • habtom October 3, 2014

    I am not understand what u say yonas
    What is relation lampadusa and tigray
    The above article about eritrean survivors lampadusa ?

  • simon October 3, 2014

    may be mr. YONAS is sick. the comment is abuot our children the died in a mediteranen sea in LAMPEDUSA but mr. yonas he speaking abuot tigrai.what kind of eritreanes there are the same like yonas why dont speak about your countrey be loved eritrean .and said GOD blesed ER. where is Eritrea you blesed it when all eritreanes became refugee and killed and torterd everywhere. did you now how many eritreanes tortred by you GOVERNEMENT . and KILLED in EGYPT. you must now a countrey with out populion is nothing.

  • Abraham Hanibal October 3, 2014

    ብመጀመርያ ነቶም ክቡር ሂወቶም ዝሰኣኑ ኣሕዋትን ኣሓትን መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሶም። ንስድራበቶምን ፈተውቶምን ከኣ ጽንዓት ይሃቦም።
    ንሕና ኤርትራውያን ክንሓስበሉ ዝግበኣና ጉዳይ ኣሎ። ንሱ ከኣ ናብ ዓዲ ጓና ምህዳም ብዋጋ ሂወትና ናይ ሓዋሩ ፍታሕ ኣይኮነን። ኣብ ሃገርና ምስ ህዝብናን ስድራበትናን ኮሪዕናን ከቢርናን ክንነብር እንተደኣ ኮይና፡ ኣብ ሃገርና ብሕጊ ዝምራሕን መሰላት ደቂ ሰባት ዘኽብርን ስርዓት መታን ክመጽእ ክንቃለስ ይግባእ። ብዘይ ቃልሲን ጻዕርን ዝመጽእ ክብረትን ፍትሕን የልቦን፡ ኣብ ዓለም ይኹን ኣብ ናትና ታሪኽ ውን ኣይተራእየን።
    ስለዝኾነ ኣብ ሃገርና ነባሪ ለውጢ መታን ክመጽእ ኣብ ጎድኒ እቶም ዝቃለሱ ዘለዎ ሃገራውያን ይኹን ባዕልና ኣብ ንምስርቶ ኣገባብ ቃልሲ፡ እጃምና ከነበርክት ታሪኽ ዝጠልቦ እዋናዊ ዕማም ኢዩ።

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