Asio Dagene Osman cares for her severely malnourished son, Minhaji Gedi Farah, at a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya.

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Asio Dagene Osman cares for her severely malnourished son, Minhaji Gedi Farah, at a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya.

August 29, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - When Jesus fed the multitudes by miraculously multiplying loaves and fishes, he gave his disciples an example to follow, Pope Benedict said.

Commenting on the Sunday Gospel passage July 31, the pope said it was natural to read the story of Jesus' miracle and think of "our many brothers and sisters who, in these days, in the Horn of Africa, suffer from famine aggravated by war and the lack of solid institutions."

The pope said Jesus set an example of meeting material needs while also addressing the deeper hungers of the human heart.

"The love of God is present in the bread of Christ; encountering him, we feed on the living God, so to speak, and we truly eat the bread come down from heaven," the pope said.

"In the Eucharist, Jesus makes us witnesses to God's compassion for every brother and sister," the pope said.

He prayed that people would open their hearts with compassion and share with those in need.