Pope warns against ‘globalisation of indifference’ to Syria

Compassion fatigue warning

A 'globalisation of indifference' has taken hold of too many people, numbing them to the horrifying reality faced by the people of Syria and other innocent victims of violence around the world, Pope Francis said, reports the Catholic News Service.

With the Syrian conflict continuing for more than three years, 'there is a risk of becoming used to it' and forgetting that people are dying there each day, the Pope said on Friday in a message to participants at a Vatican-hosted meeting for Catholic aid agencies.

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which promotes and coordinates Catholic charitable activity, brought together two dozen Catholic relief and development agencies that are working in Syria or with Syrian refugees. The meeting was designed to help them work together more efficiently and reach more people in need.

Announcing the meeting, Cor Unum said that, according to the most recent data, about 160,000 people have died since fighting began in Syria in March 2011, some 6 million people are displaced within Syria and more than 2 million Syrians have fled the country, most finding refuge in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

In his message to the Catholic charities, Pope Francis expressed his 'great sadness' that the Syrian conflict continues, creating 'unspeakable suffering and thousands of refugees, including the elderly and children, who suffer and sometimes die of hunger and war-related illnesses.'

FULL COVERAGE

Pope decries 'globalization of indifference' to war, suffering in Syria (CNS)

Pope: Syrians are suffering from ‘globalisation of indifference’ (The Catholic Herald)

Francis:“There is a risk of getting used to the Syrian crisis” (Vatican Insider)

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