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Pope says consumerism makes global misery seem worse
    Pope John Paul II has said that unbridled consumerism makes the misery of the poor appear even worse.
    CRTN reports that he made the comment in a message sent to Archbishop Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on the occasion of its international seminar titled "From Debt Relief to Poverty Reduction."
    "The possibilities that modern scientific progress offers, makes the persistence of such widespread poverty even more scandalous, especially when it is accompanied, as is often the case, by unbridled consumerism and ostentatious wealth," the Pope said.
    "Our increasingly globalised world requires a corresponding increase of solidarity. Debt relief is part of a broader effort to achieve changed relationships between peoples and to establish a true sense of solidarity and sharing among all the children of God."
    For this reason, he thanked Archbishop Van Thuan for "having been in the front line at the hour of posing the question on the effects of the tremendous weight of the debt in the life of peoples of the poorest countries."