WORLD HUNGER AND ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES, POPE SCORNS LEADERS, “GOD WILL SUMMON YOU” The Pope speaks hard words at the opening of the XX Caritas International Assembly

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It is necessary to “recall to leaders of the world that God will summon them one day”, he will judge whether they really tried to offer Him bread giving it to anyone or did something for the environment not to be damaged”. Pope Francis speaks harshly during the homily at Saint Peter during the opening of Caritas International Assembly. The main theme is “One Human Family, Caring for Creation”

“Our planet has food for everyone, but we seem to lack of will to share it with everyone,” added the Pope who invited people to “set the table” so that everyone can have something; he encouraged everyone “to do as much as possible to let everyone have something to eat”. Then he firmly proclaimed that we cannot “forget out Christian brothers” who were violently deprived “both of food for their body and their soul: they were kicked out of their houses and churches, which were destroyed sometime”.

He also added that every Caritas is the same, there is no big or small one: whatever the group, it has to act in the name of Christ, “Every Caritas in every church is the same, even the smallest”. He continued speaking off the cuff; he invited people to ask the Lord “the grace to understand the truthful dimension of Caritas”. It not like an “organized centralism”, but it is a “help, service and communion” center in order to express “the strength of Christian love and the desire of the Church to meet Jesus in everyone”, especially in poor and suffering people.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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