With the arrest this spring of six Moroccans suspected of planning terror attacks on Italy, the southern European nation believes it has become a target. It is pushing for greater continental cooperation and sharing of intelligence to combat extremists.
In the last week, Italy has rescued more than 10,000 people at sea. The spike appears tied to Africans making the trip from the continent's northern coast, taking advantage of improved weather. But there also are reports smugglers are moving westward from Turkey with the closure of borders in Europe.
Pope Francis says he going to the Greek island of Lesbos to show solidarity and sympathy with migrants and those who have been welcoming them. He's also expected to sharply criticize the European Union for what he calls the "globalization of indifference" towards refugees and migrants.
He traveled to Asia, South and North America and Africa. He issued a major environment document and chaired a contentious bishops' meeting on family issues. One of the world's most popular figures continued to champion the poor, reform the Vatican and spark debates ...
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