Church leaders seek ways to end deaths in Mediterranean

23 April 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome
THERE HAVE been concerted calls for measures to end tragedies in the Mediterranean following a week in which almost 1,000 refugees are feared to have drowned. Pope Francis made a “heartfelt appeal” to the inter­national community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more deaths at sea. As many as 950 migrants are thought to have drowned off the coast of Libya after their overcrowded fishing boat capsized, carrying hundreds of refugees locked below deck, in a chilling echo of the eighteenth-century slave trade. Traffickers collided with a cargo ship that had come to rescue them, Italian prosecutors said. Two men suspected of human trafficking have been arrested. The Pope told tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square last Sunday: “They are men and women

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