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A boy and his younger brother eat their free meals during a feeding program in late May at a slum area in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis denounced widespread hunger due to wasted food as a symptom of a "throwaway culture" and called for greater effort to build a worldwide "culture of encounter and solidarity" instead.
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A boy and his younger brother eat their free meals during a feeding program in late May at a slum area in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis denounced widespread hunger due to wasted food as a symptom of a "throwaway culture" and called for greater effort to build a worldwide "culture of encounter and solidarity" instead.

Pope Francis denounced widespread hunger due to wasted food as a symptom of a “throwaway culture,” and called for greater effort to build a worldwide “culture of encounter and solidarity” instead.

The pope called it “paradoxical” that globalization is increasing the world’s awareness of humanity’s needs even as growing individualism “leads to a certain attitude of indifference -- at the level of persons, institutions and states -- toward those who die of hunger or suffer malnutrition, almost as if it were inevitable.”