Giving Rise to Spiritual Deserts

Light of truth

“Situations of such tragic suffering take root more easily in con-texts of great poverty, injustice and social exclusion, largely caused by instability, often fuelled by external interests, and by conflicts that have also led in recent times to situations of dire need, giving rise to real cultural and spiritual deserts, within which it becomes easy to manipulate people and incite them to hatred. Such suffering has recently been exacerbated by the tragedy of the violent earthquake on the border between Iraq, the homeland of your Church, and Iran, where your communities have also long been established, as well as in Syria, Lebanon and India.”

Pope Francis
Audience to the members of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.

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