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Enough throwing away

· The Pontiff to a group of economists ·

On Saturday, 12 July, Pope Francis met with the participants of an international conference which took place in the Casina Pio iv at the Vatican, on the theme of “For an ever more inclusive economy”, which was proposed in his Apostolic Exhortion, Evangelii gaudium. In his off-the-cuff address, the Pontiff criticized the reigning “anthropological reductionism”. “I believe that this moment is the most powerful time of anthropological reductionism”, he stated and then asked: When man loses his humanity, what awaits us? The answer elicits a theme dear to the magisterium of Pope Bergoglio, who said that what happens can be called “throwaway” politics, sociology, attitude: what isn’t needed is thrown away, because man is not at the centre. And when man is not at the centre, something else is at the centre and man is at the service of that other thing.” The conference participants met to study new modalities “to save man, so that he returns to the centre: the centre of society, the centre of thoughts, the centre of reflection. To bring man, once again to the centre”.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, also spoke, explaining to the Pontiff the significance of the meeting of 70 representatives of the public sector and of business, economics, and academia meeting for two days at the Vatican. The objective, he indicated, is to “respond to the challenge of fostering an economic and social system adapted to the challenges of the 21st century”. And “the will”, he added, “is that of making a contribution to the construction of a more just and equal society”.

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