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Pope prays for the victims of shipwreck near Crotone on Calabrian Coast

Remains of a ship along the beach where bodies believed to be of migrants were found (GIUSEPPE PIPITA/Vatican News)

Pope Francis prayed for those who died and the shipwreck survivors.

"I pray for each one of them, for those who are lost, and for those who have survived," Pope Francis said to those present at the Sunday Angelus.

Fifty-nine bodies have been recovered, including twins of a few years and a baby under a year old.

The migrant shipwreck occurred near Crotone on the Calabrian coast during the bad weather on Sunday early morning.

The Pope thanked everyone who helped with rescue efforts and welcomed people looking for a safe place to stay.

"May the Virgin Mary sustain you," he prayed.

The Italian news agency, ANSA, reported that some survivors said the fishing boat carried about 180 migrants and some survivors, about 250 migrants.

ANSA stated that 80 survivors were rescued, and twenty-one survivors were sent to the hospital.

The migrants are from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria. - With inputs from Vatican News and ANSA


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