Photo: Peter Turek
In 2017, the crew of The Francis Impact visited the tiny island of Lampedusa, known as the “Gateway to Europe” because it is the first point in Europe that many migrants and refugees try to reach on the perilous journey by sea from Africa and the Middle East. Many who set out for Lampedusa never make it. On July 8, 2013, Pope Francis visited Lampedusa as a gesture of solidarity with the poor and the dispossessed, the lost and the suffering. Today, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of this visit, Pope Francis has offered a Mass for Migrants in

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