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Island hails pope's migrant visit as sign of support

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Locals on an Italian island near North Africa that has seen tens of thousands of migrant landings said on Sunday that a surprise visit by Pope Francis made them feel they were no longer alone facing the emergency. 

Graves of would-be illegal immigrants who died as they tried to reach Lampedusa are seen in the cemetery of Lampedusa, on July 7, 2013. Lampedusa locals said on Sunday that a surprise visit by Pope Francis made them feel they were no longer alone facing the emergency.

Vatican flags lined Lampedusa's busy fishing port and a shopkeeper hung out a white sheet with the words "Thank you, thank you Francis!" scrawled on it.

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