Vatican City, Apr 29, 2016 / 06:34 am
On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.
"It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbor's cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease," the Pope said April 29.
While it's not always possible to find a fast cure to complex diseases, it is possible to be prompt in caring for the people that suffer from them, who often feel "abandoned and ignored," Francis said.
He stressed the need to attentive to all, regardless of their culture, social standing or religious beliefs, and expressed his hope that individuals in developing countries would also have access to the care they need.