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Pope calls migrant deaths "crimes which offend entire human family"

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 01:22

Pope Francis urges more action from the international community in the plight of migrants, as hundreds of Syrian refugees board train in hopes of a better life. Roselle Chen reports.

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Pope Francis is calling for greater co-operation in helping the plight of migrants traveling across Europe. At a service in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, he in particular asked for prayers for the 71 migrants -- among them four children -- who were found dead in a truck last week on the highway between Budapest and Vienna. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "We entrust each of them to the mercy of God; and we ask Him to help us to cooperate effectively to prevent these crimes, which offend the entire human family." The flow of migrants through the Balkans into western Europe goes on and on. The U.N. estimates up to 3,000 migrants will cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war. In Macedonia, some 500 migrants, mostly Syrians, board a train to continue their journey towards Serbia and ultimately EU countries further north. Almost all hope to reach the more affluent countries of northern and western Europe like Germany and Sweden. They're among the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have poured into Europe this year, at least 2,500 of them dying in the process. ... unwitting actors in an unfolding refugee tragedy that is unprecedented since World War II.

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Pope calls migrant deaths "crimes which offend entire human family"

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 01:22