Make efforts to end wars,arms conflicts, Pope tells G20
Make efforts to end wars and reject armed conflicts around the world to end the sufferings of the ordinary people Pope Francis urged world leaders taking part in the G20 summit in Hamburg.
He also told them to give “absolute priority” to the problems of the poor and the marginalised.
“There is a need to give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, the suffering, evacuees and the excluded, without distinction of nation, race, religion or culture”. He stressed in a messaged he addressed the summit host, the German Chancellor, Angel Merkel.
According to the pontiff, the G20 target of achieving more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth “is inseparable from the need to address ongoing conflicts and the worldwide problem of migrations.”
The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics made “a heartfelt appeal for the leaders’attention to the tragic situation in South Sudan, the Lake Chad basin, the Horn of Africa and Yemen.
He said that, “these are where 30 million people are lacking the food and water needed to survive.”
In what could be seen as coded criticism of the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Francis also urged G20 leaders “to respect and honour international treaties, and to continue promoting a multilateral approach.”
“I ask God’s blessings upon the Hamburg meeting and on every effort of the international community to shape a new era of development that is innovative, interconnected, sustainable, environmentally respectful and inclusive of all peoples and all individuals,” he concluded.