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Fight the fear, put people first, pope tells grass-roots movements

When the search for profits outweighs all other considerations in society, money becomes a god who terrorises humanity – excluding the majority of people and causing those still well off to build walls to cower behind, Pope Francis said.

“The entire social doctrine of the Church and the magisterium of my predecessors rebel against money as an idol that reigns instead of serves, tyrannising and terrorising humanity,” the pope said.

Like all forms of terrorism, the terrorism of an economy focused only on making money relies on people’s fear for effectiveness, Pope Francis said during a meeting at the Vatican, on 5th November, with participants in the third World Meeting of Popular Movements, a collection of grassroots organisations of the poor, the underemployed, indigenous communities and farmworkers.

“When this terror, which is sown in the peripheries with massacres, pillaging, oppression and injustice, explodes in the centres with various forms of violence – including odious and vile attacks – the citizens who still have some rights are tempted by the false security of physical or social walls,” he said. “Walls that enclose some and exile others.”

Picture: Pope Francis greets attendees during a meeting at the Vatican, on 5th November, with participants in the third World Meeting of Popular Movements, a collection of grass-roots organisations of the poor, the underemployed, indigenous communities and farmworkers. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via EPA).