December 2, 2013

In a world where profit reigns over human dignity, solidarity has become a “dirty word” and risks being removed from the dictionary, Pope Francis said.

“Whoever works in economics and finance is surely attracted to profit, and if they are not careful, they will put themselves at the service of profit and becoming slaves to money,” he said.

The pope’s comments came in a video message aired Nov. 21 at a meeting on Catholic social teaching being held in Verona, Italy, Nov. 21-24.

In his message, the pope said Catholic social doctrine “is a great point of reference” and is a useful guide “for not losing oneself” in a profit-driven economy.

The Church’s many teachings on social doctrine offer important reflections and hope, and are “able even today to guide people and keep them free” from becoming slaves to money, he said.