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Pope: in the name of God I ask, give vaccines, forgive debts

2021-10-16T14:10:12.588Z

Francis' message at the meeting of Popular Movements: 'We need a universal wage and a reduction in the working day' (ANSA)



Change "our socio-economic models, so that they have a human face, because so many models have lost it". The Pope said this in a Message at the meeting of Popular Movements. "I want to ask everyone in the name of God. To the big laboratories, that they liberalize patents.

Make a gesture of humanity and allow every country, every people, every human being, to have access to the vaccine

". "I want to ask, in the name of God, financial groups and international credit organizations to allow poor countries to guarantee the basic needs of their people and to forgive those debts" made against the interests of the peoples. 

The changes linked to the pandemic must push us not to go back to the patterns of the past. Speaking to the Popular Movements, and referring to the last meeting six years ago, the Pope underlined: "In this time many things have happened, many have changed.

These are changes that mark points of no return, turning points, crossroads where humanity is called to choose

". "The whole world" needs to find "moments to reflect, discern and choose. Because returning to previous patterns would be truly suicidal and, if you allow me to force the words a little, ecocidal and genocidal. I'm forcing!".

 To change the economic model it would be necessary to introduce

"the universal wage and the reduction of the working day"

. "A minimum income or universal salary, so that every person in this world can access the most elementary goods of life", is the Pope's proposal, and "it is the task of governments to establish fiscal and redistributive schemes so that the wealth of a part is shared with equity". The Pope then asks to "work less so that more people have access to the labor market". The Pope defines them as "necessary measures" but "not sufficient".

"It is necessary that together we face the populist discourses of intolerance, xenophobia, aporophobia, which is hatred for the poor, like all those that lead us to indifference, meritocracy and individualism, these narratives have only served to divide our peoples and to undermine and neutralize our poetic capacity, the capacity to dream together ".

Source: ansa

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