Pope Deplores Rich-Poor Gap FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 01:57:56 -0400

FWD  The Associated Press Sunday, September 27 1998 10:29 PM EDT


CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) -- Pope John Paul II decried Sunday what
he called the ``truly intolerable contrast'' between the rich and poor
of the world, saying the well-off were wrong to ignore the hungry,
the homeless and the jobless.

The pope spoke on the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, founder of a
charity that feeds and nurses the poor and sick.

John Paul told the faithful gathered for his weekly Sunday address of
the ``truly intolerable contrast'' between ``the portion of humanity
who enjoy all the advantages of economic well-being and scientific
progress and the enormous masses who live in conditions of extreme

``It isn't right to be resigned to the immoral spectacle of a world
in which there are still those who die of hunger, who don't have
homes, who lack the most elementary education, who don't have access
to health care in case of sickness, who cannot find work.''

The pontiff said a commitment to peace and justice must be an
essential part of the preparations for the Roman Catholic Church's
preparations for its 2000 Jubilee.


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