December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said the global economic crisis demands the "courage of brotherhood" between the world's rich and poor, and calls on the Church to look at the causes of poverty.

The pope, addressing officials of Caritas Italy Nov. 24, said, "Responding to the needy means not only giving bread to the hungry person, but also reflecting on the causes that led to his hunger, with the gaze of Jesus who knew how to see the deep reality of the people who came close to him."

The Church needs to look closely at the economic crisis and resulting flows of human migration, he said.

It must also consider the divide between the North and South.

Humanity does not need only benefactors, he said, but also "humble and concrete people who, like Jesus, know how to place themselves at the side of their brothers and sisters, sharing a little of their burden."