O The Pope celebrated mass at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, in the south of France, where more than 50,000 people were present, including the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in the last act of a visit lasting just over 24 hours to participate in a meeting on the Mediterranean.
After the mass, the Pope thanked the organizers and recalled the presence of a group of survivors “of the terrible attack of July 14, 2016 in Nice”, in which 86 people died.
“Let us remember in prayer all those who lost their lives in this tragedy and in all terrorist acts perpetrated in France and in all parts of the world,” he said.
The Pope then recalled the regions where there is war and “the martyred people of Ukraine”.
During the morning, the Pope closed the “Mediterranean Encounters”, an event that took place over several days in Marseille, with a long speech, and insisted that migrants who risk their lives at sea to reach Europe “are not invaders”.
“Those who risk their lives at sea are not invading, they are seeking hospitality”, said the head of the Catholic Church, considering that this process must be managed “with a European responsibility capable of facing objective difficulties”.
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