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Poor seen as collateral damage in world economy: Tagle

Cardinal says 'profound changes' needed to certain lifestyles

Updated: May 18, 2016 06:18 AM GMT
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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of Caritas Internationalis, expressed dismay over economic growth that excludes the poor from economic predictions and any form of planning.

"Redistributive justice, solidarity and gratuity need to be introduced into the economy. We must not behave like masters of creation but as good administrators," Cardinal Tagle said during the International Conference of the Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice Foundation conference held May 12-14 at the Vatican. 

The Manila prelate noted that the poor are always excluded because "many professionals, opinion makers, media channels and centers of power are located in rich urban areas."

"They are miles away from the poor and are out of touch with their problems," said Cardinal Tagle.

He said the church is aware of the issue of social injustices such as irrational consumption of resources, inequality between states and unemployment worldwide.  

 

 

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