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Pope Francis asks for prayer for seafarers and fishermen on Navigation Day: "They faced great challenges"


Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, celebrated the World Maritime Day, which falls on September 30 of each year, and asked to pray for seafarers and fishermen, saying: “Recently they have faced great sacrifices in order to ensure through their work food and other basic needs. of the great human family.


"Let us pray together for the seafarers and fishermen, who in recent times have faced great sacrifices to ensure through their work the food and other basic needs of the great human family in order to alleviate the suffering caused by the pandemic," Pope Francis said in a tweet via his official Twitter account.


For its part, the United Nations website said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers working in the global merchant fleet, as shipping activities may continue to transport more than 80% of global trade cargo, including vital medical supplies, food and other important basic commodities. Despite this, hundreds of thousands of seafarers are facing a humanitarian crisis as they are stranded at sea, unable to disembark from the ships they occupy for contracts spanning several months, and this issue requires urgent action by governments defining seafarers as workers and ensuring that crews are switched in a safe manner.”

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