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Pope Francis: UN should encourage ‘legitimate’ redistribution of wealth

Published time: May 10, 2014 11:06
Edited time: May 12, 2014 22:05
Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

Pope Francis has called on the UN to do more to help the poor and encourage the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth.

"In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens," Francis told Ban Ki-Moon on Friday.

During his latest meeting with UN officials, the Pope said that despite the decrease in poverty, "the world's peoples deserve and expect even greater results."

An awareness of everyone's human dignity should encourage everyone "to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands," Francis said, Reuters reported.

Francis also appeared to criticize recent sessions by two UN committees - one on sexual abuse and the other on torture - which saw the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion under fire.

The Pope told Ban Ki-Moon that "life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death."

Following the meeting, Ban Ki-Moon renewed his invitation for the Pope to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and the first-ever Latin American pontiff, has frequently called for economic changes and expressed his desire to bring the Catholic Church closer to the poor.

He also attacked the global economic system, which, as he put it last September, shouldn’t be based on "a god called money" anymore.

Francis is known as the "slum bishop" in his native Buenos Aires, as he often paid visits to shanty towns.

Comments (48)

 

Dr Who 19.06.2014 18:33

A Great leader is slow to anger. They treat their citizens with compassion as if they were their own children. They treat other countries ruler as brother or sister and their children as one family and relatives, no matter their preferences. He listens and considers but does not destroy. Would you destroy your brother or sister? Cain. He helps even his enemies in times of need. A leader shall be known by their deeds and history shall be written for all to see, and learn. To live, we have to help each other as family. All of us. Obama, Poroshenko wise-up! Who needs leaders like you?

 

Karen Brown 11.05.2014 10:21

the church is there to be bashed, its spent 2,000 years trying to look after and guide ppl to be happy good honest etc.. etc etc.. now we have the anti-christ working its evil ,, attacking the church non stop,, even on this forum,,even the bbc hates the church they set up church hating programmes all the time,, talk about religious hatred,

 

DameMak Makedonski 11.05.2014 08:39

Redistribution of welth as an idea is nobel, and was present in the mankind history for thousands of years.

BUT simple take-give money is not working. Money will be spent, inequality will remain.

THE CORRECT way of welth redistribution is by STRONG and PERMANENT investment in EDUCATION in the next 100 years.

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