VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today.
Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.
Latin America's first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns.
On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a "worldwide ethical mobilization" of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.
He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society."
Bridget Mary's Response: Kudos to Pope Francis, prophet for justice, for his call for "legitimate redistribution"of wealth and for rejection of an "economy of exclusion". Like Jesus, Pope Francis challenges those who are exploiting the poor. Like Jesus, Pope Francis should also reject a theology of exclusion and empower women as equals in the Roman Catholic Church. The full equality of women in religion including women priests in the Roman Catholic Church, is the voice of God in our times. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org