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Pope in Santa Marta: An obsession with wealth leads to selfishness, corruption

2015-05-25

In his Monday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about wealth. He said that when a person is attached to material riches, life becomes sad and selfish. He said it slowly chips away at hope and it opens the door towards corruption, both big and small. 

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"The attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption, in all aspects: personal corruption, corruption in business, even small commercial bribery, the kind that shortchanges you at the counter, political corruption, corruption in education ... Why? Because those who live attached to their own power and their own wealth, they believe they’re in heaven.” 

The Pope then added that wealth should be shared. 

Since Monday marks Argentina's Revolution, members of the Argentine embassy to the Holy See, attended the Papal Mass. 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio) 

"If you are wealthy, you should make sure your riches serve the "common good." An abundance of things lived selfishly is "sad", steals "hope," and is the origin "of all kinds of corruption," large or small. That was Pope Francis’ reflection in his Homily at this morning’s Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta."

In his Homily, Pope Francis reflects on one of the most famous passages of the Gospel: Jesus meets the rich young man who enthusiastically asks to follow Him and assures Him he will always live by the commandments.  But when Jesus tells him one last thing is needed - to sell his things, give everything to the poor and then follow Him - the young man’s attitude and willingness swiftly change. Suddenly, "the joy and hope" in the rich young man vanish, because he does not want to give up his riches. 

The attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption, everywhere: personal corruption, corruption in business, even small commercial bribery, the kind that shortchanges you at the counter, political corruption, corruption in education ... Why? Because those who live attached to their own power, their own wealth, they believe they’re in heaven. They are closed; they have no horizon, no hope. Eventually they will have to leave everything.


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