Pope Francis received participants in the Roman Roundtable of the Global Foundation on Saturday.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, the Global Foundation is a worldwide
network of concerned citizen-leaders in areas of commerce, industry,
law, policy and intellectual endeavour, who seek to enable people from
many walks of life to meet and work together in addressing the principal
challenges of this moment in history.
Roundtable” brought 50 invited participants and a number of observers
from the business and investment community, religious leaders, civic
institutions, academia and civil society, to Rome for a two-day meeting
January 13th and 14th, to measure
progress and report on the concrete actions taken on global economic,
social and environmental matters, such as the United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goals.
to the participants on Saturday in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis
reiterated his opposition to a global economic system that tends to
degrade the human person.
“A world economic system that discards men, women and children
because they are no longer considered useful or productive according to
criteria drawn from the world of business or other organizations,” said
Pope Francis, “is unacceptable, because it is inhumane.”
The Pope went
on to say, “This lack of concern for persons is a sign of regression and
dehumanization in any political or economic system.”
The Holy Father called on participants to study and to learn from the Church’s social doctrine.
“Draw constant inspiration from the Church’s social teaching,” he
said, “as you continue your efforts to promote a cooperative
globalization, working with civil society, governments, international
bodies, academic and scientific communities, and all other interested