Project Description

On his first trip as pope in July 2013, Pope Francis flew to the tiny island of Lampedusa and challenged the collective conscience of the human family. Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East had perished in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe. “Where is your brother?” the pope asked. “This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us. These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death.” It was a powerful moment of solidarity and challenge. The migrants keep coming. Thousands more have died. But some locals are doing whatever they can to help their brothers and sisters.