# Refugees

Pope Francis waves to believers after the historic double canonization ceremony for past pontiffs Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in an open air mass in front of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican city, 27 April 2014. Huge crowds filled the square to see the two former popes declared saints. Royal dignitaries and heads of state were among nearly 100 foreign delegations in attendance. Photo: MICHAEL KAPPELER/dpa
Pope Francis waves to believers after th […]

Pope to governments: Legalize irregular migrants, don’t close borders

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers.
Immigrants rescued from distress await the transfer from a civilian ship in the Mediterranean to the "Aquarius" rescue vessel of MSF and SOS Mediterranee. (To dpa "Green reproaches against sea trout in the Mediterranean back" from 07.07.2017) Photo: Lena Klimkeit / dpa
Immigrants rescued from distress await t […]

More deaths at sea as NGOs discuss Italy’s code of conduct proposals

More Mediterranean migrant deaths were reported Tuesday, just as aid groups engaged in sea rescues were meeting Italian interior ministry officials to discuss a controversial "code of conduct" for their operations.
MEPs were given a joint statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU, r-l), Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and French President Emmanuel Macron, in front of the sailing school "Goletta Palinuro" in Trieste, Italy. The meeting took place before the start of the summit of six Western Balkan states with several EU countries in the northern Italian city. ATTENTION: Only for editorial use in connection with the current reporting and only with copyright notice Photo: Guido Bergmann /dpa
MEPs were given a joint statement by Cha […]

Merkel and Macron pledge Italy help

The leaders of the largest two powers in the European Union – Germany and France – pledge to help Italy face a mass inflow of boat migrants from North Africa.
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