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Ignoring suffering is ignoring God: Pope

Vatican City: Christians must not shut out the suffering of others as this means ignoring God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

“We cannot remain passive spectators before the suffering of so many people, exhausted by hunger, violence and injustice,” Francis said.

“Ignoring human suffering means ignoring God,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.

“Compassion and love are not vague sentiments but mean taking care of your neighbour, even at your personal cost.”