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Pope says economic system, not big families, main cause of poverty

papa-francisco_3Francis says money, not person, now at the centre

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the global economic system, not big families and overpopulation, was the main cause of poverty in the world.
“Saying that big families are the cause of poverty is simplistic,” Francis said during his general audience in St Peter’s Square. “It’s the economic system, which has taken the person away from the centre and put money there, that is the main cause of poverty”. The Argentine pontiff surprised many on his return from a week-long trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines on Monday when he said people should not be like “rabbits” and called for responsible parenting, even though Catholic doctrine is opposed to contraception.

Pope Francis added that it was every Christian’s duty to reject corruption, returning to a theme he raised during last week’s trip. “Caring for the poor is essential to the Christian life and entails the rejection of all forms of corruption because corruption steals from the poor and demands a culture of discard,” he told the faithful as he gave his thoughts on the trip.

Source: ansa.it


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