The Archbishop of Canterbury was on a ‘visit of condolence’ to Egypt for its 20 Christians (one was from Ghana), beheaded by IS just before Easter, when news of the murdered Ethiopians came through. During his visit he described the treatment of Christians in Egypt as “the worst since the 13th century” and said that “IS is deeply evil, even to its own supporters”.

He also said of the drowned migrants, some of whom were also Ethiopians, “when people are drowning in the Mediterranean, the need, the misery that has driven them out of their own countries is so extreme, so appalling that Europe as a whole must rise up and seek to do what’s right.

“It will be demanding and that’s why the burden must be spread across the continent and not taken by just one country or one area.”