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Pope to businessmen: Money must serve, not rule

Pope Francis has told these 500 entrepreneurs from around the world that "riches are good when they are at the service of others,â? and that money must serve and not govern.â? POPE FRANCIS "All human activities, including business, can be an exercise in mercy which means participation in the love of God for humanityâ?. The pope gave a very no-nonsense speech about the responsibilitites and the challenges of the businessman. POPE FRANCIS "I want to reflect with you about three risks involved in business activity: in relation to using money well, honesty, and fraternity.â? The pope suggested that "credit should be available to family businesses, small enterprises, peasant farmers, activities that improve the community, and so onâ?.  The pope ask them to assume the risk of being honest because "corruption is the worst social scourgeâ?. 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 subordinatesâ?. 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. JMB/AG CTV ¿ - BN Up: ag