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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with local religious leaders at a memorial dedicated to sailors and migrants lost at sea on the first of a two-day visit to Marseille, France, Sept. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis in Marseille: It’s ‘a duty of humanity’ to save migrants abandoned at sea

Sep 22, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We can no longer watch the drama of shipwrecks, caused by the cruel trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference,” the... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the crowd from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the end of his Sunday Angelus address Aug. 13, 2023.

‘An open wound’: Pope Francis decries thousands of deaths in Mediterranean Sea this year

Aug 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The U.N. Refugee Agency estimates that 2,175 people have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean Sea in 2023. Read more

Pope Francis at the Angelus from St. Peter's, July 9, 2023.

Pope Francis: Do we allow ourselves to be amazed at God’s works?

Jul 9, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

The Holy Father prayed the Angelus from St. Peter’s, recalling Jesus’ praise for the Father for revealing his wonders to... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: The devil uses ‘three widespread and dangerous temptations’ to divide us

Feb 26, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also offered advice for how to overcome temptations using the Word of God. Read more


Cuban dissident leader accuses dictatorship of sinking boat carrying migrants

Nov 4, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

A boat from Miami that made a run to pick up a group of Cuban migrants sank when it was... Read more

Pope Francis at a general audience in Rome in June 2018.

Pope Francis asks for prayers after 46 migrants found dead in Texas trailer truck

Jun 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope expressed sorrow for the recent migrant deaths in the state of Texas and in North Africa. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for migrants killed in airstrike in Libya

Jul 7, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the victims of the airstrike that hit a migrant detention center in Libya, and called... Read more

Pope Francis holds the life-jacket of the drowned refugee girl during his remarks to youth at the Vatican, May 28, 2016.

Death of refugee girl frames Pope's heartbreaking talk with youth

May 28, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The story of a young migrant girl who drowned at sea was at the heart of Pope Francis' address to... Read more