Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

2017-11-19 18:21
(Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)

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Rome - Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.

Celebrating the event in Rome at a mass attended by about 7000 poor people at St Peter's Basilica, the Pope urged people not to ignore poverty by believing that "it's not my business, it's the fault of society.

"We have the talents, we are talented in the eyes of God. Consequently, no one can think that he or she is useless, so poor as to be incapable of giving something to others," he said.

He added that a lifetime of "doing nothing wrong isn't enough. Because God isn't an inspector looking for unstamped tickets".

To mark the day, Francis had lunch with about 1 500 destitute people in the Vatican, while another 2 500 were fed elsewhere.

Similar initiatives are taking place in other dioceses across Italy and elsewhere in the world.


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