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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:07

Pope Francis sends a letter to PM ahead of G20 Summit

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Pope Francis 150Pope Francis has sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, calling for the proceedings to lead to real improvements in living conditions of the poor, reduction of inequality and in particular, to show solidarity and generosity to refugees.

"I would ask the G20 Heads of State and Government not to forget that many lives are at stake behind these political and technical discussions, and it would indeed be regrettable if such discussions were to remain purely on the level of declarations of principle," said Pope Francis.

"Throughout the world, the G20 countries included, there are far too many women and men suffering from severe malnutrition, a rise in the number of the unemployed, an extremely high percentage of young people without work and an increase in social exclusion which can lead to criminal activity and even the recruitment of terrorists. In addition, there are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy."

Read in full the Letter of Pope Francis to the Prime Minister of Australia on the Occasion of the G20 Summit.