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Pope denounces indifference to poor, immigrants, jobless

Disadvantaged allow an opportunity 'to encounter Christ himself'

06 February, 14:02
Pope denounces indifference to poor, immigrants, jobless (ANSA) - Vatican City, February 6 - Pope Francis denounced indifference towards the disadvantaged - the jobless, the poor, newly arrived immigrants - and urged young people Thursday to "restore solidarity" to humanity.

"Faced with old and new forms of poverty - unemployment, migration and addictions of various kinds - we have the duty to be alert and thoughtful, avoiding the temptation to remain indifferent," Francis said in his message for World Youth Day.

In an early release of his message for World Youth Day, scheduled for Palm Sunday on April 13, Francis said that young people must find a way of "restoring solidarity to the heart of human culture". "We have to remember all those who feel unloved, who have no hope for the future and who have given up on life out of discouragement, disappointment or fear," he said. "The poor provide us with a concrete opportunity to encounter Christ himself, and to touch his suffering flesh".

Francis added that the poor "are not just people to whom we can give something. The poor can teach us much about humility and trust in God".