Pope: Now's the time to end indifference

2016-01-01 22:28
Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross as he celebrates a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)

Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross as he celebrates a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)

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Vatican City - Welcoming the new year, Pope Francis says it's time to end indifference and what he calls "false neutrality" regarding the injustice, persecution, wars and misery in the world.

The pope, celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday, says people wonder how it's possible that "the arrogance of the powerful continues to demean the weak, relegating them to the most squalid outskirts of our world."

He highlights the men, women and children risking their lives to flee war, hunger and persecution.

He is urging people to overcome indifference and "leave behind the false neutrality that prevents sharing."

His formula for peace centres on co-operating to build "an ever more just and fraternal world."

He wondered aloud how long human evil will keep sowing violence and hatred.

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