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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A “globalization of indifference” has taken hold of too many of the world’s people, numbing them to the horrifying reality faced by the people of Syria and other innocent victims of war and violence around the world, Pope Francis said.

 

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The work of Catholic charities is “a faithful expression of God’s love for his children who find themselves in situations of oppression and anguish,” the pope said. “God hears their cries, knows the sufferings and wants to free them.”

Pope Francis praised the Catholic charities for lending God “your hands and your abilities” in order to help “all the victims of the war without distinction of ethnicity, religion or social group.”

Once again, Pope Francis pleaded with the warring parties to guarantee emergency humanitarian assistance, to put down their weapons and make a commitment to dialogue.

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