Updated: 10/04/2013 7:33 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
The aftermath of the boat fire.
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Authorities are contending with choppy waters in the search for dozens of migrants believed to have drowned after their rickety boat caught fire and sank off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The scope of the tragedy -- with 111 bodies recovered so far and many more missing - prompted outpourings of grief and demands for a comprehensive immigration policy to deal with migrants fleeing poverty and strife in Africa and the Middle East.
Pope Francis said Friday was a "day of tears" and denounced the "savage" system that drives people to leave their homes for a better life, yet doesn't care when they die in the process.
Officials say just 155 people survived of the 450 to 500 believed to have been on board.
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