On Saturday, Pope Francis urged young Catholic entrepreneurs to develop a new, more just economic model that could save an abused planet while helping the poor and the outcasts.
Francis spoke via video message transferred to a virtual meeting with young business executives, urging them to make major changes in global economic conditions.
“You recognize the urgent need for a different economic narrative,” the pope said in comments translated into English.
“The current world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view and damages our sister land, so severely abused and corrupted along with the poor and the outcasts in our midst,” the pope remarked.
He pointed out that the coronavirus epidemic had made people think about the situation the world was in.
“Once the current health crisis is over, the worst reaction would be to fall even deeper into feverish consumerism,” Francis added.
The Argentine-born pope has regularly blamed capitalism and accused it of indifference to social inequality and a party to the depletion of the planet’s resources.
He urged young business leaders and academics from 115 countries to “give birth to an economic culture” that inspired confidence and created resources “that will enlighten minds, warm hearts” and give “all young people, without anyone excluded – a vision of the future.”