Vatican City, July 1 - Francis's first trip as pope, to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, sends a signal of his commitment to helping the poor and oppressed, the editor of the official Vatican newspaper wrote Monday. In an article in Osservatore Romano, Gian Maria Vian said the pope's trip to Lampedusa on July 8 to celebrate mass with migrants demonstrates his priorities. It also shows how Francis' style differs from his predecessors. 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. 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.