Pope calls for multi­na­tional re­sponse

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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”.

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