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"They are heroes because I see in them the courage of those who risk their lives for love of their children, for love of their family"
With borders closed since March 2020, migrants have no choice but to make the journey illegally
Pope Francis appealed for a joint effort to find concrete solutions to safeguard the lives and dignity of migrants arriving on the continent
“Let us not let our sea be transformed into a desolate sea of death. Let us not allow this place of encounter to become a theatre of conflict"
The pope said "the presence of many of our migrant brothers and sisters" had made Cyprus "a true point of encounter"
Nearly 20,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority have already been sent to Bhashan Char island
Pope Francis hopes to refocus the world's attention on an unresolved migrant crisis, which has become one of his highest priorities
Pope Francis spoke after 27 people drowned in the Channel on Wednesday trying to reach Britain
"All too often you come up against a desert of humanity, with an indifference that ... that dries up relations between people”