Pope signs pact with young people for ‘economy of peace’

Pope signs pact with young people for ‘economy of peace’

Pope Francis signed a pact with young people from around the world in Assisi, in central Italy, on Saturday that aims to build “an economy of peace, not war,” AFP journalists noted.

In this pact, signed by about a thousand young people from a hundred countries to take part in a three-day meeting entitled “The Economy of Francesco”, they undertake to build an economy “at the service of the person, families and life , respectful of all women, men, children, the elderly and especially the weakest and most vulnerable”.

According to a Vatican press release, these young people, economists, students, entrepreneurs and workers also want “an economy that fights poverty in all its forms (…) and creates prosperity for all”.

“Our generation has left you many riches, but we have failed to preserve the planet and we are not keeping the peace. They are called to become artisans and builders of the common house, a common house that is falling apart,” Pope Francis told young people before signing the pact.

“A new economy today, inspired by Francis of Assisi, can and must be an economy that respects the land and an economy of peace,” he added.

“The situation is such that we cannot wait for the next international summit, which may not make sense: the earth is burning today and today we must change at all levels,” the Argentine Pope concluded before returning to the Vatican by helicopter.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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