Pope Francis has subtly waded into the brewing diplomatic row between France and Italy over the latter’s rejection of a migrant ship to dock on its shores.

The Pope is now asking all parties concerned to act more maturely while calling for a changed in mindset on migration policies.

The Catholic pontiff said international cooperation was vital if the migration challenge facing Europe was to be tackled successfully.

Francis made his comments in a message on Thursday to participants at a conference on international migration being held in the Vatican.

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He called for the “shared global management of international migration in the values of justice, solidarity and compassion”.

Francis, who has made defence of migrants and refugees a major plank of his papacy, said overcoming the current migration crisis “demands a change in mindset’’.

He said countries “must move from considering others as threats to our comfort to valuing them as persons whose life experience and values can contribute greatly to the enrichment of our society.”

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