Christians cannot stand idly by and watch as millions of people are deprived of their basic needs because of others’ greed, Pope Francis said.
“When the obsession to possess and dominate excludes millions of people from having primary goods, when economic and technological inequality are such that the social fabric is torn and when dependence on unlimited material progress threatens our common home, then we cannot stand by and watch,” he said during his weekly general audience.
Christians must act together, rooted in God and united in the hope of “generating something different and better” that is more just and equitable, he said.
During a livestream from the library of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis continued a series of talks on the principles of the Church’s social doctrine as a guide for healing and building a better future.
Focusing on the universal destination of goods, the pope said this is “the first principle of the whole ethical and social order.”
Picture: Pope Francis leads his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on 26th August 2020. Christians cannot stand idly by and watch as millions of people are deprived of their basic needs because of greed, the pope said. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).