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Pope Francis reflections:
Not a communist

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placeholder November 10, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
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Pope Francis reflections

Not a communist
Catholic social teaching defines "land, shelter and work" as "sacred rights," yet "if I speak of this some people conclude that the pope is a communist." The pope urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the "structural causes" of poverty and inequality, with a "revolutionary" program drawn from the Gospels. "An economic system centered on the god of money also needs to plunder nature in order to maintain the frenetic pace of consumption inherent in it. … Financial speculation" on food prices was to blame for the starvation of millions around the world. … "I've said and I repeat: a home for every family." He called for urban planning based on the "authentic and respectful integration" of different communities, and criticized real estate developers who demolish "poor settlements. …Every worker, whether or not part of a formal system of salaried work, has the right to a decent wage, social security and a pension plan." Pope Francis said he was writing an encyclical on ecology.

Pope Francis, Oct. 28, to a Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Popular Movements

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