Pope Francis urges Governments to repatriate stranded Seafarers

Pope Francis urges Governments to repatriate stranded Seafarers

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Pope Francis is asking Governments to do all they can to repatriate stranded seafarers affected by the crew change crisis.

“I ask the Virgin Mary, Stella Maris, to comfort these people and all those who live in difficult situations, and I urge governments to do everything possible so that they can return to their loved ones,” read a weekly Sunday address from the Vatican on December 20.

The Pope in June sent videos to seafarers to encourage them, acknowledging difficulties that they faced as the COVID-19 pandemic engulfs the world.

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The Holy Father commenced a prayer for August to people of the sea. They were praying for seafarers, fishers, and their loved ones.

A day celebrated every year, and Sea Sunday had many Catholic churches around many parts of the United Kingdom come together to remember, pray for and support seafarers and fishers for their work under a charity named Stella Maris.

Forty-five countries have designated seafarers as key essential workers.

National border closures, visa restrictions, airlines cancelling flights and other challenges are present during the most challenging time of the 21st century. It has put a toll on seafarers significantly from being able to return home.

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