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Pope Francis appeals to EU countries to open ports for migrant ships

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

VATICAN – Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants stuck aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and let them land at a safe port of call.

“I make a heartfelt appeal to European leaders to show concrete solidarity for these people,” Francis said in his speech in St. Peter’s Square before adding that the migrants were only “seeking a safe port where they can disembark”
Thirty-two people are aboard the Sea-Watch 3, a vessel run by a German humanitarian group, which plucked them from an unsafe boat off Libya on Dec. 22. They include three small children and four teenagers. Another ship run by the German group Sea-Eye is carrying 17 people rescued on Dec. 29.
The two ships were denied entry by Italy, Malta and Spain.
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