Pope calls for multinational response
Pope Francis yesterday called for a multinational response to illegal migration because the problem often “exceeds the capacities and resources” of individual countries.
Pope Francis issued a message to a Vatican-Mexican migration conference yesterday, coinciding with growing tensions in Europe over Italy’s refusal to let a migrant rescue ship dock, forcing other European countries to take them in.
The Pope didn’t refer to the dispute in his message, but echoed Italy’s longstanding complaint that it has largely been left alone to cope with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have landed on its shores in recent years.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said he was certain Italy would do its part but said there must be a “common response to this problem so that Italy isn’t left alone”.