We are witnessing one of the worst tragedies of the Mediterranean these days, with the massive deaths of immigrants trying to gain the shores of Europe from North Africa, and the massive arrivals of illegal immigrants in old boats shipped by human traffickers who are making a lot of money and have a safe haven in Libya.

The United Kingdom Government announced earlier this week they will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, stating that such operations can encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to enter Europe

The Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats in just four days, said the UNHCR.

“Repent. You still have time so as not to end up in hell.” said Pope Francis referring to the men and women currently involved in the mafia. It was during a prayer vigil with the families whose loved ones were killed by mafia violence.

In a briefing published today, Amnesty International details how European Union (EU) member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria: just 0.5 per cent of the 2.3 million people who have fled the country.

The Lampedusa tragedy with 194 African migrants confirmed dead and at least 150 more missing feared dead, many trapped in the wreckage of the stricken boat 47 meters below the surface is overwhelming.

Pope Francis went today to pay a visit to his predecessor Joseph Ratzinger in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, where he is living from the day of his resignation as Pope Benedict XVI awaiting for the moment to move permanently to the monastery “Mater Ecclesiae” in the Vatican city. We know little about the encounter, because it […]