Pope urges EU aid on migrants
Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with the rapidly mounting numbers of people rescued in the Mediterranean trying to flee war, persecution or poverty.
As the pope made his appeal, hundreds of rescued migrants stepped ashore in Sicily, which is running out of places to shelter the arrivals, including more than 10,000 in the last week.
Since the start of 2014, nearly 200,000 people have been rescued at sea by Italy.
“It’s evident that the proportions of the phenomenon require much broader involvement,” the pope said.
Italy demands that the EU increase assistance to rescue and shelter migrants abandoned by smugglers.