A Catholic couple have launched a private mission, inspired by Pope Francis, to rescue migrants in danger of death in the Mediterranean, reports The Catholic Herald.
Italian-born Regina Catrambone and her American husband, Chris, have set up the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which they say is the first privately funded rescue mission offering this sort of help and is partly inspired by Pope Francis. The couple have used their own savings to fund the project, which will be based in Malta where they live.
MOAS is a registered charity designed to prevent loss of life at sea by providing assistance and medical help to migrants who cross the Mediterranean in unsafe boats.
The couple, who are in their 30s, first thought about setting up the operation last summer when they were sailing in the Mediterranean on a yacht, and they saw a winter coat floating around the water. They realised that it probably belonged to one of the thousands of migrants who cross the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe.
Mrs Catrambone told the Guardian: “I was out on the deck enjoying the fresh air when I saw a winter jacket in the water. I told the captain and saw his face transform. He said it could be that the jacket belonged to someone who was not with us anymore.”
They felt called to decisive action after they saw Pope Francis on TV, calling on entrepreneurs to help those in need.
Photo: Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
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