Pope Francis said on Saturday he felt that some, including the Church, considered him a “pest” to protect the poor and most vulnerable, but that it would not stop him because it is part of Christianity.
The first Pope Francis of Latin America said, “Thinking about these conditions (exclusion and inequality), I make myself a pest with my questions. And I keep asking. And I ask all in the name of God “
He called on pharmaceutical companies to issue patents to make vaccines for COVID-19 more available to the poor, noting that in some countries only 3%-4% of the population had been vaccinated.
Francis, 84, was speaking by video link of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a group of grassroots organizations and social movements that focus on inequality in labor, land ownership, health care and other social issues in developing countries .
He called for industries such as mining and lumber, “stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, stop polluting rivers and seas, stop poisoning food and people”.
Francis said that rich countries and financial institutions should cancel the debt of the poorest countries. Weapons manufacturers and dealers must “stop contributing to the terrible geopolitical games that displaced millions and killed millions.”
The technology giant should stop allowing hate speech, fake news, conspiracy theories and political manipulation, he said, and called for countries to consider a universal basic income and shorten the working day so that more people Get employment.
“This system, with its relentless logic of profit, is escaping all human control. It is time to slow down the locomotive, an out-of-control locomotive hurtling towards the abyss. There is still time,” he said. . “And therefore, I remain in my straits.”
He referred to the criticism he had received in the past, particularly from conservatives in the American Church, when he issued similar appeals.
He referred to a compendium of Catholic social teachings issued by Pope John Paul II in 2004, saying, “I am sorry that some members of the Church are offended when we refer to these guidelines relating to the entire tradition of the Church. “
“But the Pope should not stop referring to this teaching, even though it often bothers people, because what is at stake is not the Pope but the Gospel,” he said.
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