The poor “is esteemed as of great value.”

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The poor "esteemed of great value." (CBCPNews File)

The poor “esteemed of great value.” (CBCPNews File)

“The poor person, when loved, “is esteemed as of great value”,[168] and this is what makes the authentic option for the poor differ from any other ideology, from any attempt to exploit the poor for one’s own personal or political interest. Only on the basis of this real and sincere closeness can we properly accompany the poor on their path of liberation.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 199)

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