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Who does Pope Francis blame for world hunger?

At a UN Food and Agriculture Organization conference, Pope Francis launched criticisms at 'the dictatorship of the economy' and the spread of consumerist values.

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Pope Francis (in white) speaks with participants of the 38th conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during a meeting at the Vatican June 20, 2013.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

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Pope Francis said on Thursday that financial speculation and corruption were keeping millions of people in hunger and the financial crisis could not be used as an alibi for failing to to help the poor.

The speech was the latest in a series of criticisms by the Argentinian pontiff, the first Latin American pope, of what he has called "the dictatorship of the economy" and the spread of consumerist values.

"It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous," he said in a speech to participants of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization conference in Rome.

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