Pope Francis made his first official trip outside Rome today with a visit to Lampedusa, the tiny island off Sicily that has been the first port of safety for untold thousands of migrants crossing by sea from North Africa to Europe. The choice of Lampedusa is a highly symbolic one for Francis, who has placed the poor at the centre of his papacy and called on the Church to return to its mission of serving them. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has visited the small Italian island of Lampedusa and laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of migrants from Africa who have died tryi(...)