March 16, 2010.
The pope is calling on all Christians to pray for the world’s economy to remember the needy living in the poorest countries, throughout the month of March.
In John Paul II’s encyclical ‘Centesimus Annus’, the late pontiff writes the business world should take God into account, in order to make a positive contribution to society.
In order to promote the Church’s ethical vision on the economy, 13 years ago John Paul II established the 'Centesimus Annus' foundation. Through it, the Vatican is helping Catholic entrepreneurs make the business world a more humane world. Domingo Sugranyes Bickel
President, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation“There’s two objectives: One is to invite business people to reflect on the concrete content of the Social Doctrine of the Church’s’ school of thought. Secondly it’s, raise money which will be donated every year to the Holy Father and which he will use to a worthy cause of his own choice.”
The Vatican foundation wants to put the dignity of the individual at the center of financial operations and aims to show that economic benefits are good provided that they are honest. It also calls for money to flow according to the laws of the economy in order to generate wealth for society.
The foundation, 'Centesimus Annus' helps entrepreneurs around the world to live the Social Doctrine of the Church in their companies. 500 entrepreneurs from Latin America, Britain and Germany have already teamed up come up with ways to make the Church’s goals a reality.
Domingo Sugranyes Bickel
President, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation“They are committed to learning in the formation of the social doctrine, to follow the formation and to reflect. They’re also committed, as Catholics to contribute funds and other assistance to the foundation.”
According to the foundation, in order for business people to be true to their convictions, the law of the economy and human labor need to be more human and the economy needs to tailored to the dignity of man.