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Pope blasts loan sharking as 'not humane'

Calls on institutions to fight 'social scourge'

29 January, 14:28
Pope blasts loan sharking as 'not humane' (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 29 - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced loan sharks for being un-Christian and inhumane.

"When a family doesn't have anything to eat because it must pay the mortgage to usurers, no, that is not Christian, that is not humane," said Francis at Wednesday's general audience in a salute to an Italian anti-usury association in attendance.

The pope called for the "commitment of institutions" to fight usury, which he called a "dramatic social scourge that wounds the inviolable dignity of the human being".