Pope Francis on Saturday called on young Catholic entrepreneurs to develop a new, fairer economic model that can save the plagued planet while helping the poor and excluded.
Francis spoke in a video message to a virtual meeting of young business leaders, urging them to make big changes in global economic relations.
“You acknowledge the urgent need for a different economic narrative,” the pontiff said in comments translated into English.
“The current world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view and harms our sister land, so severely abused and devastated, along with the poor and excluded among us,” the pope said.
He pointed out that the coronavirus epidemic has made people think about the situation in which the world finds itself.
“Once the current health crisis is over, the worst reaction will be to fall even deeper into a hectic consumer activity,” Francis added.
The Argentine-born pope regularly takes over capitalism, accusing it of indifference to social inequality and a country in depleting the planet’s resources.
He pressured young business leaders and scholars from 115 countries to “give birth to an economic culture” that inspires confidence and creates resources that “enlighten minds, warm hearts” and give “all young people, without exception, a vision for the future.” “