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Pope’s Emissary Delivers Powerful Message to World’s Economic Powers

“The overriding consideration, never to be forgotten, is that we are all members of the one human family. The moral obligation to care for one another flows from this fact, as does the correlative principle of placing the human person, rather than the mere pursuit of power or profit, at the very centre of public policy. “

With these words, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, delivered a message on Jan 21, 2020, from Pope Francis to the world’s leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum.

In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that,

“a truly integral human development can only flourish when all members of the human family are included in, and contribute to, pursuing the common good.”

Commenting on his encyclical, Laudato Si, the Holy Father reaffirmed

“the importance of an “integral ecology” that takes into account the full implications of the complexity and interconnectedness of our common home. Such a renewed and integrated ethical approach calls for “a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision” #141

Pope Francis concluded his message in pointing out

“the high moral responsibility each of us has to seek the integral development of all our brothers and sisters, including those of future generations.”

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The full text of Pope Francis’ message can be found at Zenit.org

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