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(UPDATE) Pope Francis dares leaders to shun corruption

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Visiting Pope Francis challenged today political leaders to be honest and to shun corruption.

"As many voices in your nation have pointed out, it is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good," the pope said in a speech he delivered before senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps in Malacanang, the presidential palace.

He made the call after calling on President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The pontiff said that there is a need to ensure social justice and respect for human dignity.

With the 2015 to be set aside as the "Year of the Poor" for the Philippines, he expressed hope that everyone at all levels would " reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community."

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church arrived in Manila on Thursday for a state and pastoral visit to the country and he will leave on Monday for Rome.




 

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