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Pope to pray with migrants in Lampedusa July 8

Italian island main stop-off point for arrivals from Africa

Pope to pray with migrants in Lampedusa July 8

Vatican City, July 1 - Pope Francis will travel to Lampedusa on July 8 to celebrate Mass with migrants on the southern Italian island and local people, Vatican sources said Monday. Lampedusa, which is between Sicily and North Africa, is a main stop-off point for boats carrying migrants trying to enter Italy. The number of migrants increases annually in the summer months as sea conditions improve and Lampedusa's migrant reception centre has been packed well beyond its capacity in recent weeks. Many people, usually packed inside unsafe boats, die each year trying to make the trip from North Africa to Italy.

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