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Le Pape contre l'économie et le marché ?


Holy Father makes appeal in introduction to new book

The Gospel requires Christians to “denounce personal and social sins committed against God and neighbour in the name of the god money and of power for its own sake,” Pope Francis has written in the introduction to a new book, Potere e Denaro (“Power and Money”).

Finance and the economy affect every person and every society, playing a large part in “determining the quality of life and even death” and the degree to which a person’s life is worthy of his or her God-given dignity, the Pope said.

Written by Michele Zanzucchi, editor of Citta Nuova, the magazine of the Focolare Movement, the volume examines what Pope Francis has said and written about the economy and business, social justice, poverty and care for creation.

In line with his predecessors and with the social teaching of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis wrote in the introduction, he knows that the Gospel message applies to social and economic questions as well as to questions of personal spirituality and church life because “God does not abandon his creatures to the clutches of evil.”

While the global economy has allowed billions of people to attain well-being, he said, “the economy and markets have had a role in the excessive exploitation of common resources, increasing inequality and the deterioration of the planet.”

Travelling around the world as Pope, “I have been able to see these contrasts more clearly than was possible in Argentina,” he said. The world has enough wealth to feed, house and offer medical care to all its inhabitants, but resources are concentrated in the hands of a few people and millions of others struggle to survive.

“What I say and write about the power of the economy and finance is meant to be an appeal so that the poor would be treated better and inequalities would decrease,” Pope Francis said.

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