- Jan 17, 2020
Pope Francis blames speculators for the growth of bureaucracy and burdensome regulations that disadvantage “real entrepreneurs, honest managers” to the benefit of “those who can find the means to circumvent controls and reach their goals.” But a better phrase is “crony capitalism,” where large, politically well-connected enterprises compete unfairly against small firms without the same friends in government.
“You are called to further your charism, to project yourselves with renewed zeal in the work of evangelization, in view of pastoral urgencies and new forms of poverty,” Pope Francis told a group of men and women missionaries at the Vatican and encouraged them to build bridges with Muslims.
“How many, beginning with Pius XII, took risks to hide Jews so that they wouldn’t be killed, so that they wouldn’t be deported!” Pope Francis said during morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “They risked their skin! But it was a work of mercy to save the lives of those people!”
Pope Francis added prayers for the victims of last night’s terror attacks in London at the end of Sunday’s Pentecost Mass. “May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this (Saturday) night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families.”
Nearly 400 children living in the towns in central Italy damaged by a series of earthquakes arrived at the Vatican train station at midday on Saturday on the “Treno dei Bambini” – the children’s train – an annual initiative by the Pontifical Council for Culture. Pope Francis told them when disaster strikes, we must have the “strength to start again.”
In a monthly prayer video released days after his May 24th encounter with U.S. president Donald Trump, Pope Francis prayed for an end to the trade fueled by “merchants of death,” meaning arms traders who stoke conflicts for profit.