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Pope: Poverty Degrades, Offends and Kills

For International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, calls during Angelus address for a uniting of “moral and economic forces”

There is a poverty that degrades, offends and kills so many of our brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said today as he invited all people to join “moral and economic forces” to fight this problem.

The Pope said this in his brief Angelus address after celebrating the canonization Mass of seven new blesseds. He made his comments on poverty in mentioning Monday’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“Let us join our moral and economic forces to fight together against poverty that degrades, offends and kills so many of our brothers and sisters, by giving life to serious policies in support of families and employment,” he said, according to a translation by Vatican Radio.

The Holy Father entrusted our intentions to the Virgin Mary, “especially our insistent and heartfelt prayer for peace.”

He also thanked those who had travelled from around the world for the canonization.

“A special greeting in particular goes to the official delegations of Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, and Mexico,” he said, noting the home countries of the newly canonized. “May the example and intercession of these luminous witnesses give support to each of you in your work and service for the good of the Church and of civil society.”

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