Vatican City, Oct 20, 2017 / 13:43 pm
Pope Francis met Friday with leaders in business and civil society, telling them not to get carried away by wealth and the demands of the global market, but rather to promote justice by eliminating the root causes of inequality.
"We must ask the market not only to be efficient in the production of wealth and in the assurance of sustainable growth, but also to be at the service of integral human development," the Pope said Oct. 20.
"We cannot sacrifice on the altar of efficiency – the 'golden calf' of our times – fundamental values such as democracy, justice, freedom, the family, and creation," he said, explaining that instead, "we must seek to 'civilize the market' with a view to an ethic friendly to man and his environment."
Pope Francis spoke to members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, who are gathered in Rome for an Oct. 19-21 conference on "Changing Relations Among Market, State and Civil Society."