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Arms Sales To Africa Lambasted By Pope

Mon., Sept. 25, 1995

Wealthy nations are helping increase Africa’s suffering with policies that favor arms sales over humanitarian aid, Pope John Paul II said Sunday.

“The eyes of the African children are watching you,” said the pontiff, who returned last week from a three-nation African trip.

During the visit, his 11th to Africa, the pope sharply criticized the West for not doing enough to help Africa and demanded a ban on arms sales to the continent.

“I feel it’s necessary to bring Africa to the conscience of the world - to the world of opulence - that doesn’t care if resources are taken from the poor and invested in deadly arms,” the pope said in an address at his summer residence outside Rome.

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