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Pope tells Davos forum to use wealth to serve humanity

Economic leaders must consider 'growth in fairness' says Francis

21 January, 18:57
Pope tells Davos forum to use wealth to serve humanity (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 21 - Wealth should be put into the service of humanity and not loved for its own sake, Pope Francis said in a message Tuesday to global leaders gathering at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

In his message, the pope also urged a more fair distribution of the world's wealth to ensure better treatment of the poor and unemployed.

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth, and not ruled by it," Francis said shortly before the Davos forum officially begins.

The event draws bankers, businessmen, academics and politicians in a sort of think-tank on financial affairs and economic growth.

"It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available and often simply wasted," said the pope.

He urged participants at Davos to think not only of growth in economic matters, but to consider "a growth in fairness".

That, said Francis, "requires decisions, mechanisms and processes aimed at a more equitable distribution of wealth, the creation of job opportunities," and better integration of the poor and disenfranchised into society.

He also said the world must think more of refugees, who seek only to live in slightly more dignified conditions but instead "often tragically perish in moving from place to place".