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Let us hear the cry of the victims

· The Pope expresses his wish that the summit in Istanbul be a sign of change for the millions of people in need of protection ·

“Let us hear the cry of the victims and those suffering. Let us allow them to teach us a lesson in humanity”. Pope Francis addressed this challenge in a message to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the first world humanitarian summit held on 23-24 May in Istanbul. In the text – which was read aloud on the first day of the summit by Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who led the Holy See delegation – the Pontiff made several pointed suggestions. “There must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity, no wounded person without care, no child without a childhood, no young man or woman without a future, no elderly person without a dignified old age”, he stated.

The Pope's message




St. Peter’s Square

Dec. 14, 2019