Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis urges protection of material and spiritual poor

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(updates previous).
Vatican City, March 22 - Pope Francis on Friday put
the world's many poor at centre stage during his first audience
with ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.
The recently elected pope called on the diplomatic corps to
''protect those who suffer as a result of poverty'', recalling
his namesake St Francis' fight against material poverty and his
predecessor Benedict XVI's fight against the spiritual poverty
allegedly inherent in the ''dictatorship of relativism''.
In yet another break with tradition, Francis addressed the
ambassadors in Italian rather than in the traditional diplomatic
language of French.
Continuing the humble approach that has marked his week-old
papacy, Francis did not sit on the traditional papal throne but
on a plain white chair set on a small dais.
Argentinian Francis, the first South American pope, was
elected on March 13 after Benedict became the first pope in 600
years to abdicate.

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