Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope calls for financial reform, says money is new idol

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Vatican City, May 16 - Pope Francis on Thursday
blasted the way in which money had become an "idol" in the
modern world and called for reforms to make the world of finance
and economics more ethical and focused on the needs of poor.
"We have created new idols," the Argentine pontiff told a
group of ambassadors at the Vatican.
"The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and
heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an
economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal...
"There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines
that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit
everyone.
"This would nevertheless require a courageous change of
attitude on the part of political leaders.
"I urge them to face this challenge with determination and
farsightedness, taking account, naturally, of their particular
situations.
"Money has to serve, not to rule. The Pope loves everyone,
rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ's
name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to
promote them.
"The Pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a
return to person-centred ethics in the world of finance and
economics".

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