VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has denounced the “scandalous” amounts of money that governments and world institutions have found to save ailing banks but not suffering people, including migrants who are dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Francis denounced these policies as a “bankruptcy of humanity.”

The pope spoke at the Vatican to an international group including environmentalists, labor union activists and indigenous rights activists.

Francis said: “What happens in the world of today is that when a bank is bankrupt, scandalous sums immediately appear to save it,” while much smaller amounts of money cannot be found for the poor.