Pope expresses support for Greeks, demands human dignity

Francis says social and economic situation 'worrying'

(see related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, July 1 - Pope Francis is worried about the crisis in Greece and wants to express his closeness to the Greek people, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Wednesday. The pontiff also said that people's dignity should be a prime factor in the political debate, with Athens facing a possible financial meltdown after missing a debt repayment deadline Tuesday. "The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying," Lombardi said.
    "The Holy Father wishes to convey his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis.
    "The dignity of the human person must remain at the centre of any political and technical debate, as well as in the taking of responsible decisions.
    "Pope Francis invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people".
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