· The Pope condemns indifference in the world and speculation which create poverty ·
Appeal for an end to violence and discrimination in Syria and the Holy Land
The Pope strongly condemned the abundance of food because the total production levels are sufficient to end hunger. And still today millions of people are suffering and dying due to hunger. This is “truly scandalous”. Those who consume themselves in absolute indifference and in the name of speculation create poverty. Addressing the participants in the 38th Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, on Thursday morning, 20 June, in the Clementine Hall, the Pope listed those, who in various ways, make this scandal possible: those who use financial speculation in order to influence the price of food, those who make promises to the poor and then do not maintain them, those who cause “the uprooting of individuals, families and communities”, which is one of the most concerning effects of the serious food crises and of “natural disasters or violent conflicts”.
A little while later, the Holy Father received the members of the members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern Churches (ROACO) and addressed a new appeal for an end to all violence and discrimination in Syria and in all of the Holy Land. “May conflict that sows death”, he said, “make room for encounter and reconciliation that bring life.” Finally he called those suffering to never lose hope.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 21, 2019
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