Pope Francis did it again. On Sunday, during a meeting with a group of unemployed workers, the Pope abandoned his prepared comments and railed against economic inequality. Pope Francis has previously spoken out against harsh austerity policies that are harming millions around the world, but at this speech on the island of Sardinia, the Pope condemned the “god of money” and today’s “economic culture.”
The pontiff said, “We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to this throwaway culture. We want a just system that helps everyone.” He explained that the focus on profits over people marginalizes the youth and the elderly, and creates a “hidden euthanasia” that neglects those who need our help. In some of his strongest remarks against economic injustice, Pope Francis called on the world to focus more on helping people, and less on the love of money. Hopefully, world leaders were listening.