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Social policies in response to poverty and insecurity

· The Pope's Address to the five new Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See I ·

The world economic crisis continues to create poverty, to increase insecurity and exclusion and to feed  people  a sense of frustration and injustice that “can become a source of rebellion”, declared Benedict XVI. The Pope also called for “a new mobilization to address, through justice and solidarity, everything that threatens people, society and their environment”. A mobilization in which, he warns, States should do their part, ensuring especially that “social laws do not increase inequality and that they allow everyone to live with dignity”.

Speaking to the new Ambassadors to the Holy See of Ethiopia, Malaysia, Ireland, Fiji and Armenia, who presented their Credentials during the Audience this morning, Friday, 4 May, in the Clementine Hall, the Pope gave voice to the “great suffering brought on by both material and spiritual poverty”. Suffering, which today effects families struggling with insecurity and social marginalization,  is nourished by the explosion of increasingly dramatic phenomena such as “the exodus to cities, armed conflicts, famine and pandemics”.

It is up to each nation to put economic policies in action which restore to people their “role as social protagonists” and allows them to “take their future in their own hands, to take up the place that awaits them in society”. Examples such as micro credit and initiatives to create greater fairness show, according to the Pontiff, that “it is possible to balance economic goals with social connections, democratic governance and respect for nature”, taking into account the widespread “spiritual poverty” which creates consumerism and materialism and leads the youth “to artificial paradises which destroy them”. Religion, Benedict XVI assures us, “allows us to recognize brotherhood in others”. And thus it gives way to “building a society where moderation and brotherhood diminish poverty and prevail over indifference, selfishness, profit, waste and above all, exclusion”.

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