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Starving children are innocent victims of humanity’s greed, pope says

Thousands of starving children around the world today are innocent victims sacrificed upon the altar of the god of money because of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth, Pope Francis said.

In his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 23rd October, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel reading of the parable of the rich man who stores up treasure for himself “isn’t a fairy tale that Jesus invented; it is today’s reality.”

“Let us think about just one case: 200,000 Rohingya children in refugee camps. There are 800,000 people there; 200,000 are children. They barely have food to eat, are malnourished, without medicine. Even today this happens. This isn’t something the Lord said long ago. No, it is today!” the pope said.

The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar, have been fleeing the country for Bangladesh. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit both countries in late November.

Picture: Rohingya refugees jostle to receive food distributed by local organisations in Teknaf, Bangladesh, after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on 7th September. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters).