Pope calls for end to Mideast violence

Nations seeking power, profit, he says

Posted: July 8, 2018 at 3:32 a.m.

Pope Francis, center, flanked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, left, and Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, free doves outside the St. Nicholas Basilica on the occasion of a daylong prayer for peace in the Middle East in Bari, southern Italy, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the "murderous indifference" that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, calling out global powers for seeking power and profit at the expense of the region's people during a gathering of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders.

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