No one can pretend not to know Syrians, Iraqis are suffering, pope says

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September 17, 2015

Migrant children look through a fence as they wait permission to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia Sept. 15. "Do not abandon victims" of conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Georgi Licovski, EPA) See POPE-SYRIA-AID Sept. 17, 2015.

Migrant children look through a fence as they wait permission to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia Sept. 15. “Do not abandon victims” of conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Georgi Licovski, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

The “atrocities and unspeakable human rights violations, which characterize these conflicts, are transmitted live by the media,” the pope said Sept. 17. “No one can pretend not to know!”

Pope Francis spoke about the ongoing crises during a meeting with Catholic charity and humanitarian organizations working in Iraq, Syria, the neighboring countries and elsewhere to assist victims of the fighting and those who have fled.

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