Pope Francis sends Message to mark Lampedusa Anniversary

2014-07-06 Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has sent a Message to mark the first anniversary of his pastoral visit to the island of Lampedusa, which is a major way-point for irregular migrants from North Africa who seek to enter Europe. In the Message, which was addressed to  Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Archdiocese of Agrigento, of which the island is a part, Pope Francis writes, “I encourage the Christian communities and all people of good will to continue to reach out and lend a helping hand to all those who are in need, without counting the cost, without fear, with tenderness and understanding.” The Holy Father goes on to say, “At the same time, I hope that the competent institutions, especially at the European level, might be most courageous and generous in refugee relief.”