U.N. should encourage redistribution of wealth, pope says

VATICAN CITY Fri May 9, 2014 9:07am EDT

Pope Francis (L) shakes hands with United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the Vatican May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis (L) shakes hands with United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the Vatican May 9, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that the world body must do more to help the poor and should encourage the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth.

Francis, who since his election last year has often called for significant changes to economic systems, made his comments in an address to Ban and heads of many U.N. agencies meeting in Rome.

"In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is

in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens," Francis said.

Francis, an Argentine, is the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and the first-ever Latin American pontiff. He has consistently used his meetings with world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama in March, to champion the cause of the world's have-nots.

He told the U.N. officials that while there had been a welcome decrease in extreme poverty and improvements in education "the world's peoples deserve and expect even greater results".

A contribution to equitable development could be made "both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the legitimate

redistribution of economic benefits by the State ...," he said.

An awareness of everyone's human dignity should encourage everyone "to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands," Francis said.

The pope, who was known as the "slum bishop" in his native Buenos Aires because of his frequent visits to shantytowns, is has said often since his election that he wants the Catholic Church to be closer to the poor.

He told the United Nations leaders that the organization's future sustainable development goals must be formulated in a way to have a "a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger".

In the past 14 months since his election, Francis has issued several strong attacks on the global economic system, saying in one speech last September that it could no longer be based on "a god called money".

In Friday's address to the U.N. leadership, Francis also appeared to be taking a dig at recent sessions by two United Nations committees - one on sexual abuse and the other on torture - which criticized the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion.

Church groups said such criticisms were a violation of freedom of religion.

He told Ban that "life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death".

Ban also renewed an invitation for the pope to address the United Nations in New York.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Comments (2)
cervantes011 wrote:
There will be redistribution.. or there will be revolution.. either way there will be redistribution.

May 10, 2014 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dred999 wrote:
To paraphrase and the Holy Father speeech -and in the process- add a particular LEFT spin to it is what this whole FAKE controversy is about.

Show us the entire transcript (like The Stampa did). The Holy Father did not encourage of bless resitribution of wealth.

The Holy Father condemned the culture of exclusion, and with the same strenght the CULTURE OF DEATH (ie, Abortion).

The oly Father can’t go against the Teachings of The Church about what is FAIR.
This is a quote of Rerum Novarum (the Teachings of the Chirch professed by Pope Francis):

“To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man’s envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies.

They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect the working man himself would be among the first to suffer.

They are, moreover, emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community.”

Sounds to me that the Media is “Lefting the Pope”.

May 10, 2014 6:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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