Pope Francis: To ignore the poor is to despise God

“To ignore the poor is to despise God! . . . If I don’t throw open the door of my heart to the poor, that door remains closed, even to God. And this is terrible.” Those were the words of Pope Francis, commenting on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, during his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience. Continuing his catechesis on the theme of mercy, the Pope said that Lazarus represents the silent cry of the poor of all times, and the contradiction of a world in which immense wealth and resources are in the hands of the few. In the parable, the rich man ignores the poor man dying of hunger on his door step. When he dies, the rich man finds himself in hell, where he begs, in vain, for a drop …

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