A quote from Pope Francis:
“Many years of conflict and continuing tensions, in addition to widespread poverty and drought conditions, have brought great suffering to the people. [Thank you for the] generous social programs which, inspired by the Gospel, you provide in collaboration with various religious, charitable and governmental agencies, aimed at alleviating this suffering. …The many children you serve who experience hunger and who have been orphaned because of violence and poverty and the young people who like so many of their friends and family would otherwise flee their homeland in search of greater opportunities, and risk losing their lives during dangerous journeys, as well as the many elderly who could so easily be forgotten in the midst of such hardships.”
-- Address to prelates of the Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea, May 9, 2014
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