Rome Newsroom, Jan 29, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Cardinal Peter Turkson told a virtual summit organized by the World Economic Forum on Thursday that the human person must be at the center of efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic.
"The dignity of the human person is the one thing that you cannot compromise on," Turkson said in a virtual panel on poverty alleviation at "The Davos Agenda" summit on Jan. 28.
The prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Human Development said that concerns about "profit, financial gains, economics … tend to push the person into the background."
According to the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people below the poverty line in relatively wealthy countries and will push up to 150 million people in developing countries into extreme poverty in 2021.