„When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.“

Source: Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings

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When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist.
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.
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