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Italy: Pope condemns ‘shameful’ migrant drownings off Lampedusa

Vatican City, 3 Oct. (AKI) - Pope Francis on Thursday described as "shameful" the shipwreck off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa in which nearly 300 migrants are feared to have drowned. "The many victims of

Vatican City, 3 Oct. (AKI) – Pope Francis on Thursday described as “shameful” the shipwreck off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa in which nearly 300 migrants are feared to have drowned.

“The many victims of the umpteenth tragic shipwreck today off Lampedusa cause me deep sorrow. Shameful is the world that comes to mind: it is shameful,” Francis said.

“Let’s join forces to make sure other such tragedies never happen again,” he added

He was addressing delegates at a Vatican conference to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s 1963 Cold War era Encyclical Pacem in Terris or “Peace on Earth.

“Let’s pray to God or the men, women and children who lost their lives, for their families and for all refugees,” the pontiff said.

In a message from his Twitter account earlier on Thursday, Francis urged Catholics to offer prayers for the victims of the shipwreck.

Many thousands of migrants have drowned or died of dehydration during the dangerous sea voyage to Europe across the southern Mediterranean, often crammed into unsafe people-smugglers’ boats.

Lampedusa is the main arrival-point for migrants heading to Europe by sea and Italy wants European Union policies to help it handle the influx of tens of thousands of people arriving on its shores annually.


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  • monica salguero October 3, 2013

    Abona Fracisco kbret yehabelna. Dmxn kalen eti xekunn barian…hezbi Eritrea Bemejúankum

    • MightyEmbasoyra October 4, 2013

      Where are the Orthodox church leaders now. Don’t you think they should jump in and condemn isayas, since he is the root cause for this misery?

      • ERITRAWIT October 4, 2013

        MightyEmabasoyra, Kab Amlak da bel ember Mendelai Temen ab kulu alo.

      • SelamHager October 5, 2013

        ፍሉይ ናይ ጸሎት መዓልቲ (ሚያዝያ 21, 2013)
        ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤርትራ፡ በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ደቃ ዝወረደ ሞት ሓዘና እናገለጸት፣ ንሰንበት 6 ጥቅምቲ 2013 ስለቶም ህልቂት ዘጋጠሞም ዜጋታትና ኣብ ኩለን ኣብያተ ክርስትያናት ጸሎት ፍትሓት ክግበር ተመዲቡ ኣሎ። በዚ መሰረት: ኣብ ሃገረ ስብከት ሰሜን ኣሜሪካ: ሃገረ ስብከት ኤውሮጳ: ሃገረ ስብከት ማእከላይ ምብራቕ: ዝርከባ ኣብያተ ክርስትያን ጸሎት ፍትሓት ክገብራ እየን:: ኣምላኽ ንስቓይናን መከራናን መወዳእታ ክገብረሉ፣ ህይወቶም ንዝሰኣኑ ዜጋታትና ኣብ መንግስተ ሰማያት ክቕበሎም፣ ንስድራ ቤቶም ድማ ምጽንናዕ ክህብ ብሓፈሽኡ ስለ ህዝብና ኣብ ቅድሚ ኣምላኽ ክንጽሊ እና። ኤርትራውያን ምእመናን ብዘይ ኣፈላላይ፣ ኣብቲ ናይ ጸሎት መደብ ክትሓብሩና ድማ ብመንፈሳዊ ኣኽብሮት ንምሕጸን።

        እግዚኣብሔር ጸሎትና ይቀበል።

        ብፁዕ ኣቡነ መቃርዮስ ሊቀ ጳጳስ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤርትራ።

      • SelamHager October 5, 2013

        ቤተ ክርስቲያን ተዋህዶ፡ በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ደቃ ዝወረደ መቕዘፍቲ ሓዘና ትገልጽ

        ካብ ሊብያ ናብ ኤውሮጳ እተምርሕ ዝነበረት ጃልባ: ኣብ ወደብ ላምፐዱሳ (ዓዲ ጥልያን) ክትዓርፍ ውሑድ ሜትሮታት ምስ ተረፋ ከምዝጠሓለት ተሓቢሩ። እታ ጃልባ 500 ዝኾኑ ሰባት ጽዒና ከምዝነበረትን መብዛሕትኦም ኤርትራውያን ከምዝኾኑን ኣብቲ ወፍሪ-ምድሓን ተዋፊሮም ዘለዉ ሰበስልጣን ሓቢሮም። ዛጊት፡ 155 ዝኣኽሉ ሰባት ክድሕኑ እንኰለዉ፡111 ከምዝሞቱ፡ ልዕሊ 200 ዝኾኑ ድማ ኣሰሮም ከምዘይተረኽበ፡ ግና እቲ ወፍሪ-ምድሓን ይቕጽል ከምዘሎ ማዕከናት ዜናታት ይሕብራ ኣለዋ።

        ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤርትራ፡ በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ደቃ ዝወረደ መቕዘፍቲ ሓዘና እናገለጸት፡ ጠንቂ እዚ ኹሉ ጸገም ካብ ውሽጥና ስለዝኾነ፡ ኤርትራውያን ምእመናን ብጸሎት ክነቅሑ ተዘኻኽር። እግዚኣብሔር ንስቓይና መወዳእታ ጌሩ፡ ህይወቶም ንዝሰኣኑ ዜጋታትና ኣብ መንግስተ ሰማያት ክቕበሎም፣ ንስድራ ቤቶም ድማ ምጽንናዕ ክህብ ንጽሊ።

        መንበረ ጵጵስና ሰሜን ኣሜርካ ኣብ 2011 ስለቶም ኣብ ማያት ሊብያ ዝሃለቑ ኤርትራውያን ኣብ 2013 ድማ ስለቶም ግዳያት ምደረ በዳ ሲናይ ጸሎት ፍትሓት ከምዘካየደ ይዝከር።

        መርበብ ሓበሬታ ተዋህዶ፡ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤርትራ።

  • erina October 4, 2013

    @ MightyEmbasoyra

    please leave orthodox church alone…has nothing to do with religion.
    Seperate religion from politics, PLEASE.

    • MightyEmbasoyra October 4, 2013

      On the contrary. What else is the job of religious leaders, if they can’t rise up in times like this? Why do you think the Pope spoken?

      • Adi Keih October 5, 2013

        Why are you attacking TEWHADO church? Do you think the pope is taking on behalf of the CATHOLIC ERITREANS? What is your aim of separating people by religion and region? Is there a speech freedom in Eritrea? Don’t you know the TEWHADO Patriarch is in prison. Put your hate in trash and be honest. What we need now is to be united and pray as one people. We will all carry our crosses one day be ready!

        • MightyEmbasoyra October 5, 2013

          I think you guys are missing the point. How do you translate it to hate when I am advocating for peace? When someone is doing right we should applaud them and vice versa.

  • simerrr2012 October 4, 2013

    To all Eritreans living in Europe and America we have in one voice to make last call to all Embassies and Consulates of Eritrean staffs either to avoid this brutal regime and stand with the victims or pay high price for it. The price can be anything . You are the supporters of enemy of Eritrean people and you will be treated like enemy any action on you should be legitimate. We have seen during derg Mengistu many of the staff left him and clear themselves from being collaborators. Enough is Enough ..every day we barricade their building and make for the host country to declare them persona non grata and send them back all these terrorist supporters. Europe and America should not have place for the terrorist regime .

  • Yemane October 4, 2013

    Attention Residents of Atlanta: The PFDJ chapter of Atlanta has cancelled the concert that was planned for October 5 (Saturday). Bereket Tsegai, the organizer said, “It is time to mourn and not to dance”.

    • ahmed saleh October 4, 2013

      That is strange and I take it as a positive step for time being .

      • ERITRAWIT October 4, 2013

        ahmed saleh,yekfalna eu elom enber kndei gize zeimote hzbi Eritrea.

    • MightyEmbasoyra October 5, 2013

      You are wrong on this.

  • Dawit October 4, 2013

    God bless you our holey father unledss the orthodox pristes or Hgdef cadres.
    Unite the Eritrans now is the time the worled begins
    focusing our problem so the brutal regime is losing ground.
    lets shout agenst the brutal.

    Dawit keren

  • mg October 4, 2013

    it is good to hear such words from the catholic pop but we need more of it from eritrean religious leaders aswell. It is mind bogling and hard to understand instead of us eritreans someone else speak about our misery .

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  • monicasalguero October 4, 2013

    Nay Relugious: Nehna Ayini key ankúhana gerom hiyom Astewaxi-ho yikexelú dma alow. Terifú zelo hezbi eritra behafesha ytenseh giziye keyehelefe. Tergum hebelún nexa mejúan hezbi mstewedhe

  • Girmay Abrha October 4, 2013

    i would like to thank the pop for giving us ear. but , until when we keep weeping??????? .