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Pope salutes Muslim immigrants for Ramadan in Lampedusa

Church supports boat people's efforts to seek dignified life

Pope salutes Muslim immigrants for Ramadan in Lampedusa

(see previous)Lampedusa, July 8 - Pope Francis on Monday saluted Muslim immigrants during a visit to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, where hundreds of people have flocked in boats from the north African coast in recent weeks seeking passage to Italy and Europe. "To the dear, Muslim immigrants who today, this evening, are beginning the fast of Ramadan, with wishes for abundant spiritual fruit," Pope Francis said. "The Church is close to you in the search for a more dignified life for you and your families," the pope said.

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