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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy.
Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide, Francis lamented the lack of concern about growing income gaps between the haves and have-nots.
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“We go our way in haste, without worrying that gaps are increasing, that the greed of a few is adding to the poverty of many others,” Francis said in his homily, with poor people among those accorded seats in the basilica for the Mass.
Francis later invited hundreds of needy, including migrants, to dine with him in a Vatican hall.
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Addressing the public in St. Peter’s Square following the end of the service, Francis said such initiatives pay witness to “the attention that must never be lacking toward these brothers and sisters of ours.”
He expressed dismay over the ‘’indifference of society toward poor people.”
Saint - Choice - Name - Francis - Assisi
Like the saint who inspired his choice of name, Francis of Assisi, the pope has made paying attention to those living on society’s margins a priority of his work.
That focus can appear jarring to some prelates in a church that invests in multi-million dollar real estate, possesses priceless artworks and conducts its liturgical services often amid splendor, such as in the magnificence of St. Peter’s, other basilicas and cathedrals.
Francis - Emphasis - Mercy - Charity - Hackles
Francis’s emphasis on mercy and charity has also raised the hackles of a small, but noisy faction among the more conservative ranks of bishops and cardinals, who would rather the head of the Catholic Church...
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