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Migrants rescued by Libyan coast guard after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of Komas, look on as they sit in the town east of the capital Tripoli Migrants rescued by Libyan coast guard after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of Komas. More than 100 people lost their lives in the tragedy.  

Pope Francis prays for victims of Mediterranean shipwreck

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis remembers migrants who drowned in a shipwreck earlier this week.

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis has once again called on the international community “to act with speed and decisiveness” to address the issue of migration. His appeal came during the Sunday Angelus, when he prayed for victims of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean earlier this week.


Scores of migrants are feared drowned after a boat carrying migrants from Libya sank about 8 km from the coast of Libya on Wednesday. It is believed to be the worst shipwreck on the Mediterranean this year. Authorities said at least 115 are missing, while 134 were rescued. One body was recovered.

According to the UN refugee people, a total of 164 people had already died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019.

In his remarks on Sunday, Pope Francis called for action “to avoid a repetition of such tragedies, and to ensure the security and dignity of all.” He concluded his appeal by asking those present “to pray with me for the victims and for their families… and also, from the heart, to ask: ‘Father, Why?’”

28 July 2019, 12:18