Pope Francis has told these 500 entrepreneurs from around the world that "riches are good when they are at the service of others,” and that money must serve and not govern.”
"All human activities, including business, can be an exercise in mercy which means participation in the love of God for humanity”.
The pope gave a very no-nonsense speech about the responsibilitites and the challenges of the businessman.
"I want to reflect with you about three risks involved in business activity: in relation to using money well, honesty, and fraternity.”
The pope suggested that "credit should be available to family businesses, small enterprises, peasant farmers, activities that improve the community, and so on”.
The pope ask them to assume the risk of being honest because "corruption is the worst social scourge”.
He also asked them that the relationship between employer and employee not be limited to justice, because "a business is a community of work, in which all merit respect and fraternal appreciation from their superiors, colleagues, and subordinates”.
The pope told the businessmen that they can also be saints, and he talked about the example of the Enrique Shaw, whose cause for beatification was suggested by Bergoglio.