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Pope Francis urged prayers for Greece and its people Wednesday, saying the country was weathering a "keenly felt human and social crisis."
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement the situation over Greece's expired bailout program was "worrying."
Lombardi said the dignity of Greeks must be paramount in any decisions that emerge from the crisis. He added: "The Holy Father wishes to convey his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis."
He said the pope was urging the faithful "to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people."