VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the lost lives of 170 migrants who drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.
The U.N. refugee agency has said 117 migrants died or were missing after a smuggler’s dinghy sank off Libya Jan. 18, and that 53 others died in the capsizing of another migrant boat in the western Mediterranean a few days earlier.
In remarks in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, Francis said those who drowned had looked for better lives and were “victims, perhaps, of human traffickers.”
The pope said: “Let us pray for them and for those who have the responsibility for what happened.”
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Southwest Airlines pilot climbs into cockpit window after being locked out of flight deck
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
- Texas welcomed Elon Musk. Now his rural neighbors aren't so sure.
- Indian Official Who Drained a Reservoir to Retrieve His Phone Is Suspended
- A powerful climate solution, just below the ocean’s surface
Two Mediterranean nations, Italy and Malta, have cracked down on private groups whose boats aim to rescue migrants from traffickers’ unseaworthy boats.