Meet the Nobel-nominated priest who rescues African refugees from Mediterranean

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Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai gestures during an interview in front of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 30, 2015. Zerai, who has helped some of the thousands of African migrants who have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean sea, is among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-PRIEST, originally transmitted on Oct. 13, 2015.

Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai gestures during an interview in front of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 30, 2015. Zerai, who has helped some of the thousands of African migrants who have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean sea, is among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-PRIEST, originally transmitted on Oct. 13, 2015.

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Mussie Zerai, a 40-year-old Catholic priest from tiny Eritrea in North Africa, is getting recognition for his work rescuing African refugees in the Mediterranean.