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Pope Francis says people not money should be the center of global economic system

September 28
8:52 AM 2013

In a visit to the port city of Cagliari, Sardinia, Pope Francis attacked the global economic system. During a meeting with unemployed workers, the Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church said the system should not idolize money.

"We don't want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money. The world has become an idolator of this god called money," Pope Francis said. He also gave an impromptu speech after listening to a married father of three who has been without a job for four years.

The Pope said, "I find suffering here ... It weakens you and robs you of hope. Excuse me if I use strong words, but where there is no work there is no dignity." He also touched on workers' rights and the devastating effects of joblessness.

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