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Pope Francis lays out papal platform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:41

Nov. 26 - In his first major work, Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism as ''a new tyranny'' and called for a renewal of the Catholic Church. Sarah Irwin reports.

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In a document setting out a platform for his papacy, Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism as a quote - "new tyranny" and calls on world leaders to fight poverty. Released on Tuesday, the 84-page document - officially called "Evangelii Gaudium" or "the Joy of the Gospel" - is the first major work authored by the new pope. In it, Pope Francis called for a renewal of the Catholic Church - and warned against quote "the idolatry of money." Bishop Rino Fisichella presented the manifesto at a news conference at the Vatican. SOUNDBITE BISHOP RINO FISICHELLA, SAYING: "In short, we find ourselves in the presence of a 'globalization of indifference,' and a 'sneering contempt' towards ethics, accompanied by a constant attempt to marginalize every critical warning over the supremacy of the market which, with its 'trickle down,' creates the illusion of helping the poor. If the Church today appears still highly credible in many countries of the world, even where it is a minority, it is because of her works of charity and solidarity." Since his election eight months ago, the 76-year-old pontiff has embraced austerity in the Church. The first Jesuit pope - he chose the name - Francis - after the saint known for his life of poverty and lives in a guest house rather than the ornate Apostolic Palace - at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis lays out papal platform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:41