A gust of wind lifts up Pope Francis" mantle as he stands onboard a boat at Lampedusa Island, southern Italy, July 8, 2013
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Pope Francis visits Italy's migrant island of Lampedusa

8 July 2013 Last updated at 10:01 BST

Pope Francis is visiting the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, where he will pray for illegal migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe.

He threw a wreath of flowers into the sea, in a sign of mourning - before presiding over an open-air Mass.

A small boat carrying more than 100 Africans, reportedly Eritreans, arrived at Lampedusa's port just hours before the Pope's plane touched down.

David Willey reports.