Pope Francis launched an appeal to European leaders Sunday, asking them to welcome a group of African migrants aboard two NGO vessels.
“For the last several days, 49 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea have been aboard two NGO vessels in search of a safe harbor where to disembark,” the pope said after his weekly Angelus message Sunday.
“I would like to make a heartfelt appeal to the leaders of Europe to demonstrate real solidarity with these people,” he said.
The migrants are aboard two ships belonging to the German NGOs Sea Watch and Sea Eye, which took on 32 and 17 migrants respectively and are still waiting for a port to land them.
The majority of the migrants are from Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Libya and have been aboard the ships since before Christmas. Continue reading this story>>