Tokyo, Japan, Nov 25, 2019 / 03:34 am
In the measure of a country, concern for human dignity and life is more important than economic strength, Pope Francis told Japanese authorities, civil servants, and diplomats Monday in Tokyo.
"Human dignity, needs to be at the center of all social, economic and political activity," he said Nov. 25 at the prime minister's official residence of Kantei.
He also said intergenerational solidarity and concern for the forgotten and excluded should be fostered, pointing in particular to the young, the elderly, and the lonely.
"We know that," he added, "in the end, the civility of every nation or people is measured not by its economic strength, but by the attention it devotes to those in need and its capacity to be fruitful and promote life."