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Pope Francis on Welfare & Poverty

 

 


Politicians should be disturbed by the lives of the poor

Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 19, 2015

Meaning of economic activity is well-being of humanity

The goal of politics and economics is to serve all of humanity, starting with the poorest, the most vulnerable and the unborn, Pope Francis told British Prime Minister David Cameron, president of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. "Money and other political and economic means must serve, not rule," the pope said.

Pope Francis was responding to a letter Cameron sent the pope outlining some of his priorities during his one-year term as president of the G-8. Cameron wants to emphasize openness in economies & governments through the support of free trade, tackling tax evasion and encouraging greater transparency.

In his reply, Pope Francis said if the work of world leaders was to have any impact, all political and economic efforts and policies must be seen as the means, not the end, with the true goal being the protection of the human person and well-being of all humanity. "In the absence of such a vision, all economic activity is meaningless," he wrote.

Source: Catholic News Service, "Prime Minister David Cameron" , Jun 17, 2013

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