Pope Francis Promotes ‘Legitimate Redistribution’ Of Wealth

Pope Francis is promoting a “legitimate redistribution” of wealth to the poor. On Friday, the Pope met with United Nations leaders to discuss the current state of peace, equality, and the world’s economy.

In his formal address, Pope Francis applauded the delegation for their continued efforts to promote world peace and human rights. However, he called on the leaders to “press forward” and “achieve even more.” He specifically challenged the delegation to focus on restoring equality and dignity to the poor.

Throughout his speech, the Pope underlined the significance of generosity and the “spirit of solidarity and sharing.” Citing the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10), he reminded the delegation that Jesus Christ challenged Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax collector.

Francis explained that Zacchaeus eventually realized the error of his ways, and donated his possessions to the poor. In the same spirit, Pope Francis has called for a “legitimate redistribution” of wealth to the world’s poorest people:

“Today in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.”

Although the Pope’s address is certain to raise controversy, Francis is no stranger to criticism. Known for his unconventional ideas and behavior, Pope Francis is dedicated to doing what he believes is right and just. He is undeterred by his critics, who argue that his behavior and thinking are simply too liberal for the Catholic Church.

As reported by MSNBC, Pope Francis has raised eyebrows as he has made “bold statements” about equality for all, including the LGBT community. Additionally, Francis has been vocal in his criticism of the priest sex abuse scandal.

The Pope’s supporters have applauded his genuinely humble personality. Following his March 2013 election as Pope, Francis has become outspoken in his support of the disadvantaged. Underlining his dedication to those less fortunate, the Pope conducted his first Holy Thursday Mass in a youth prison.

In his latest address, Pope Francis is promoting a “legitimate redistribution” of wealth. He urges world leaders to consider “promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.”

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