Pope: 'Greed of a few' adds to poverty of others
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisSCOTUS is blocking federal executions and it's the right thing to do Judge in same-sex marriage denied communion at Michigan Catholic church Pope appeals to world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons MORE said on Sunday that poverty is exacerbated by the “greed of a few” during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, according to The Associated Press.

“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 reportedly said, inviting indigent attendees of the service to dine with him following Mass.

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Such efforts, he added, were part of “the attention that must never be lacking toward these brothers and sisters of ours.”

“Instead of feeling annoyed when they knock on our doors, let us welcome their cry for help as a summons to go out of ourselves,“ he continued. “For the poor reveal to us the riches that never grow old, that unite heaven and earth, the riches for which life is truly worth living: the riches of love.”

Francis also called on Christians to ask themselves whether they were friends with at least one poor person and took time to praise doctors and nurses who focus on the needs of homeless and poor people at clinics established in St. Peter’s Square, according to the AP, which added that a Polish monsignor Francis has elevated to the rank of cardinal for his work with the poor was one of the prelates at the service.

The pope set up 150 tables in the Vatican hall where he typically holds weekly audiences with members of the public to serve meals to the poor, with similar meals scheduled for another 1,500 people throughout Rome, the news service noted.