Photo: Pope Francis
Pope Francis said Saturday that the future demands a humanistic vision of the economy and a rehabilitation of politics in order to achieve “greater participation by the people, a shunning of elitism and an end to poverty.”
“So that no one should lack what they need and everyone should be assured dignity, fraternity and solidarity - that is the path to follow,” the pope said before representatives of Brazil’s ruling class, with whom he met in Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater.
Francis recalled the words of the prophet Amos, who said “they sell to the just for money, to the poor for a pair of sandals, press into the dust the head of scoundrels and alter the path of the destitute,” adding that “the outcry, the call for justice, continues to be heard even today.”
The pontiff said that whoever undertakes the role of guide must have very concrete objectives and seek the specific means to achieve them, though he warned of the danger of disappointment, bitterness and indifference when the expectations aroused are not fulfilled.
The bishop of Rome spoke about the sense of solidarity needed to build the future and said that new generations must be trained to be competent in economics and politics and to be “strong on ethical values.”
The supreme pontiff also said that besides the comprehensive humanism that respects original cultures and has a sense of solidarity, it is necessary to deal with the present through “a constructive dialogue.”
“Between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option: dialogue,” the pope said. “Dialogue between generations, dialogue with the people, the ability to give and take while remaining open to the truth. A country grows when constructive dialogue occurs.”
Francis added that “today, either we choose the culture of coming together, or we all lose. Following the right path makes the road ahead safe and fertile.”