Pope urges Europan Union to show ‘solidarity’ with migrants stranded off Malta.
Pope Francis on Sunday urged EU leaders to show “concrete solidarity” with 49 migrants stranded on NGO ships off the coast of Malta who have been refused permission to land.
But both Italy and Malta, who have refused port access to the rescue vessels, on Sunday reiterated their positions.
“Forty-nine migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two NGO ships have been on board for several days now, waiting to be able to disembark,” Francis told thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
“I address a pressing appeal to European leaders that they show some concrete solidarity with respect to these people.”