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Vatican asks developed countries to take responsibility for poor

A top Vatican diplomat asked developed countries to take "collective responsibility" for poverty around the world and to tackle the difficulties of poor countries "as if they were internal problems" of their own.

"Genuine global prosperity and progress depend on unification of the interests of all people," Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican permanent observer to the United Nations, told participants on Tuesday at a Geneva meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council.

The text of his speech was released on Wednesday at the Vatican.

Archbishop Migliore said poverty and the rich-poor gap that divides people into "unjustifiable economic castes" must be addressed by wealthier countries with a greater sense of global responsibility.

Catholic News Service

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