Vatican City, Oct 27, 2019 / 03:55 am
Pope Francis denounced exploitation and "predatory models of development" that plunder the poor and wound "sister earth" in the Amazon Synod closing Mass Sunday.
"In this Synod we have had the grace of listening to the voices of the poor and reflecting on the precariousness of their lives, threatened by predatory models of development," Pope Francis said in his homily Oct. 27.
"The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region," he said in St. Peter's Basilica.
Pope Francis said that throughout history people who have considered themselves superior to others have "made other people feel rejected" by "considering them backward and of little worth."