THE PONTIFF TO AMERICAN LEADERS IN PANAMA: “SOLIDARITY TOWARDS THE POOR” The message of Pope Francis on the VII venue of the Americas under way from 10 to 11 AprilPAPA FRANCESCO

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“Inequality and unfair distribution of wealth and resources, is the root of all conflicts and violence amongst all populations, because it assumes that progress of some is built on the sacrifice of others and that to lead a dignified life, one needs to fight against others”. This is but an extract from the message of Pope Francis on the VII venue of the Americas under way from the 10 to 11 April.  The text, writtne in Spanish, has been read by the secretary to the Vatican State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in the presence of 33 leaders of the continent. Despite wealthier style of living, observed the Pontiff, “there are still unfair inequalities, that offend the human dignity. The great challenge in our world is to globalise solidarity and fraternity rather than discrimination and indifference”.

In face of the gap between the rich and the poor, the bishop of Rome poited his finger at  “the theory ‘of leaking drops’ and the favourable replapse” underlining how it be “not enough to hope that the poor gather crumbs that fall from the table of the rich ”, but that “necessary actions be directed to favour the less fortunate, as one would do towards the younger in a family, this should be a priority for all rulers”. The successor of Peter also focused on the problem of immigration underlining that many people “becoming easy prey to human-trafficking practices and slaves,  not enjoying any right, nor access to any justice”.

“These are situations – he added –where protecting and safeguarding the law in order to efendi the fundamental rights of people is not enough, where, norms lack either compassion and mercifulness, donnot respond to justice”. In the end he underlined how “shameful and offensive differences” exist even inside the same country, “ especially between indigenous populations in the rural areas or outskirts of the big cities”. “In the absence of a genuine defence of these people against racism, xenophoby and intollerance-he concluded-even the  state of rights would lose its own legitimacy”.

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