Pope Francis is becoming one of the most astute activists on the planet with his accurate attacks on the world's financial system as being corrupt and abusive. Al Jazeera reported on Sept. 22, 2013, "Pope Francis blasts global idolatry of money over people." On Sunday Pope Francis made one of his strongest attacks on the global economic system, as he said it could no longer be based on a "god called money" while urging the unemployed to fight for
During the start of a day-long trip to the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, Francis placed aside his prepared speech at a meeting with unemployed workers, and he improvised for nearly 20 minutes. Sardinia's coast has long been known a playground for the world's very rich and famous, and is known for its magnificent beaches, exclusive resorts and magnificent seaside homes.
However, Sardinia has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with factories closed and mines operating at a very low capacity. Francis said, "I find suffering here ... It weakens you and robs you of hope. Excuse me if I use strong words, but where there is no work there is no dignity."
CBS News has reported, "Pope Francis decries idolatry of money over man." Pope Francis has denounced what he has called big business's idolatry of money over man as he traveled Sunday to one of Italy's poorest regions and offered hope to the unemployed and entrepreneurs struggling to try to hang on.
While encouraging the poor to have courage amid shouts of "Lavoro! Lavoro!" (Work! Work!), Francis called for a dignified work for all people. Francis has been unusually insightful about the vast degrees of human suffering from poverty and his concerns deserve deep respect in sociopolitical circles across the entire world.