Pope Francis called for an end to worldwide indifference to the plight of refugees on Monday on a visit to an Italian island where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East reach Europe.
Pope Francis (C) speaks to migrants during his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, on July 8, 2013. The pope called for an end to "indifference" to the plight of refugees on the Italian island where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East first reach Europe.
"We ask forgiveness for the indifference towards so many brothers and sisters," Francis said in his homily at a mass near the fishing harbour on his first trip outside of Rome since his election in March.
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