Friday, October 11, 2013

EU PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT MEETS PONTIFF


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz. During the meeting, the two men discussed the situation with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, especially in light of the tragedy off the island of Lampedusa in which over 300 people died in a shipwreck.

“I share the view that for the richest part of the world it is a shame that people, just some metres in front of our borders, or coasts, died. So what the European Union must do, and the member-states of the Union especially, is reform our whole system of immigration,” Martin Shultz said. We have the Dublin II Convention which is covering exclusively political asylum, but temporary protection for refugees from civil war regions, from regions of natural disasters, or even a system of legal immigration, is missing in Europe.”

Pope Francis on Friday also met with Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

SHARED FROM RADIO VATICANA

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