Pope Francis asked today for “concrete charity” for all countries like Ukraine, or Syria and Turkey after the earthquake, but also for many others who suffer from wars, poverty and natural disasters.

“The love of Jesus asks us to let ourselves be touched by the suffering of those who suffer,” he said at the end of the Angelus held in St. Peter’s Square.

Concretely, the Pope added: “I am thinking above all of Syria and Turkey, of the many victims of the earthquake, but I am also thinking of the daily dramas of the dear Ukrainian people and of so many peoples who suffer from war, poverty and environmental devastation.” .

Given this, he expressed his closeness to New Zealand due to the cyclone which caused casualties and extensive damage.

“Let us not forget those who suffer, let our charity be attentive and concrete,” added the pope in his appeal.

Pope Francis has sent several tons of food to the quake-hit region of Turkey, according to papal arbiter Cardinal Konrad Krajewski.

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