- Feb 18, 2020
Addressing participants of the Fortune+Time Global Forum on Saturday, Pope Francis called on CEOs to be involved in efforts to build a more equitable economy for “those whom you seek to help; give them a voice, listen to their stories, learn from their experiences and understand their needs.”
“Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty. There are intersecting interests, a workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis said in a session with Caritas Internationalis, the global federation of Catholic charitable organizations.
Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, recently tapped by Pope Francis to head a major new Vatican department on human development, has told a United Nations conference on trade that the world must face “pervasive challenges of poverty, of inequality and lack of progress.”
The world must heed Pope Francis’s warning of the dangers of “an economy of exclusion and inequality,” Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, recently named the first head of a new Vatican mega-department on human development, told participants at a conference studying the pope’s views on the economy.
Francis, who has reserved to himself direct authority for refugees, is not the first pope to throw open the doors of the Vatican to those fleeing hardship. As history shows, some prerogatives remain Peter’s.
For those who will be looking to support continuity with Pope Francis in the next papal election, African cardinal Peter Turkson is certainly at the top of many lists, but there are other plausible candidates, including one who may surprise you.