The Pope Criticizes Nepotism As a Form Of Corruption In Governments

Pope Francis criticized this Sunday during the Angelus prayer that some forms of corruption occur when the rulers feel more love for their relatives than for the country itself.

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“Some corruptions in governments really come because the love for the family is greater than the love for the homeland and they put their relatives in office,” the pope said from the Apostolic Palace to a few dozen people gathered in the Plaza de San Pedro despite the heat.

In this sense, he reflected on the Gospel and recalled that one of the demands of Jesus of Nazareth to his disciples is to put fidelity to him before family affections.

“Jesus of course does not pretend to underestimate the love for parents and children, but he knows that kinship ties, if put in first place, can deviate from the true good,” he said.

After the Angelus prayer, he mentioned some countries that live in a “dramatic” situation due to conflicts, famines or natural disasters.

Firstly, he spoke about Syria and also recalled that next Tuesday the IV Conference of the European Union and United Nations will take place to support the future of that country and its region.

“Let us pray that this important meeting can improve the dramatic situation of the Syrian people and their neighbors, in particular Lebanon, in a context of serious socio-political and economic crises that the pandemic has made even more difficult,” he urged.

And he encouraged: “Please, that the leaders be able to make peace.”

He also alluded to Yemen and expressed his concern “especially for children suffering from this very serious humanitarian crisis.”

Some 2.4 million children under the age of five are at risk of famine and malnutrition due to the lack of funds for humanitarian aid in the midst of the pandemic and after more than 5 years of war, according to the complaint by the UN Fund for Children (UNICEF).

Finally, Francis mentioned those affected by the floods in western Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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