Pope Francis addresses attendees at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome

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Pope Francis spoke at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome, Italy and encouraged cardiologists to treat the weak and poor, the Catholic News Agency reports.

The conference featured more than 35,000 specialists from 140 countries.

“It is important that men and women of science, as they examine themselves in the light of that great mystery of human existence, do not give in to the temptation to suppress the truth,” Pope Francis said. “You look after the heart. How much symbolism is enshrined in this word!” he said. “How many hopes are contained in this human organ! In your hands you hold the beating core of the human body, and as such your responsibility is very great!”

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