January 6, 2019 / 11:12 AM / in 15 days

Pope appeals for safe port for migrants on two rescue ships

VATICAN CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants blocked aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and give them a safe port of call.

With his comments at his address to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square at the end marking the feast of the Epiphany, Francis jumped into a diplomatic fracas between Italy and Malta.

Reporting by Philip Pullella Editing by Alison Williams

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