"The growing interdependence among people, families, companies and
as well as economies and markets - what we call globalization -
has overturned the system of interaction and public relations."
had positive consequences, but also has caused inequalities among economies
and peoples in such a way that
we must reconsider the question of solidarity."
The Pope said that "it is up to the political and economic leaders to do
possible so that globalization does not work against those who
have fewer resources or are weaker, increasing even more
the gap between
rich and poor, between rich and poor nations." He invited leaders to create
systems of solidarity
that "take into consideration the changes caused by
globalization and that prevent these phenomena from impoverishing
sectors of some groups of people, and sometimes entire nations."
"Social solidarity," he continued, "means to depart from the simple
for particular interests. ... We must educate the younger
generations in a spirit of solidarity and a true culture of
openness to the
universal and attention toward all peoples, regardless of race, culture or
The Holy Father emphasized that politicians must "regulate the markets,
the laws of the markets to the laws of solidarity, in order to
prevent imbalances in peoples and society caused by all
kinds of economic
changes, and protect these laws from upheaval as a result of the
deregulation of markets."
He concluded by saying: "May the humanity of today, on its way to greater
unity, solidarity and peace, transmit to future generations the goods of
creation and hopes for a better future!"
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