Pope asks Obama to fight poverty

Jan. 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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VATICAN CITY, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday sent U.S. President Barack Obama a telegram urging him to fight poverty and promote peace.

"In our time, so many of our brothers and sisters around the world are longing to be freed from poverty, hunger and violence,'" the pope said in his telegram to the 44th U.S. president on his inauguration day.

The pope said he prayed that Obama would promote "cooperation and peace among nations," reported ANSA, the Italian news agency.

The telegram also asked the United States to support a "free and fair society, marked by respect for the dignity, equality and rights of all its members, especially the poor, the marginalized and those without a voice."

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