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Pope urges Europe to help with migrant crisis in Italy

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 01:05

Pope Francis calls for a ''broader commitment'' from Europe and the international community in addressing the migrant influx as he meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Pavithra George reports

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Italy's newly elected president Sergio Mattarella arrived at the Vatican for his first official meeting with Pope Francis. The influx of thousands of migrants into Italy dominated the meeting with the Pope, who called on Europe and the international community to do more to address the ongoing crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "I would like to express my gratitude for the commitment Italy is making in accommodating the many migrants who, risking their lives, ask to be welcomed. It is clear that the proportions of this phenomenon require a much wider involvement. We must not tire in urging a broader commitment at a European and international level." More and more migrants anxious to escape conflict in North Africa and the Middle East are making the dangerous and often deadly crossing into European territory. Around 13,000 migrants have been rescued at sea over the last week as good weather improved sailing conditions.

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Pope urges Europe to help with migrant crisis in Italy

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 01:05