Pope Francis In Italy Calls On European Union To Step Up Response To Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Pope Francis urged the European Union Saturday to step up international efforts to help migrants pouring into Italy, as the number crossing into the continent through the Mediterranean Sea nears record levels.

The pope brought up the migrant crisis during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who came into office earlier this year.

“It is evident that the proportions of the phenomenon demand much greater involvement,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “We must never tire of appealing for a more extensive commitment on the European and international level”…