- Feb 25, 2020
In hopeless situations of pain and suffering, God never abandons his children but rather remains close to them, Pope Francis said.
The head of the Italian bishops’ conference told attendees at the World Meeting of Families to put down the arms of rigidity and take on the medicine of mercy when it comes to marriage and family life.
After a major bridge collapsed in Genoa on Tuesday, killing 38 and leaving many others wounded or missing, Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims and all those effected by the disaster, entrusting them to God’s mercy.
A bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa which killed at least 22 people has “bloodied” the summer holidays, according to the head of the country’s bishops’ conference.
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.
In terms of broad public perceptions, Pope Francis is often seen as hostile to Capitalism and no real friend of corporate culture. Yet on Saturday in Genoa, he delivered a reflection on business activity worthy of a graduate-level MBA program, among other things arguing that exploiting workers isn’t just immoral but also economically self-defeating.