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Pope to visit Assisi to dialogue with young people about changing the economy


Pope Francis asks for change the economic paradigm and wants young people to be the catalyst for this. For this reason, he has called for young economists and entrepreneurs help him in the task of humanizing an economic system that has forgotten to serve people. To do it, he has invited young economist to meet in Assisi in 2020.

MSGR. DOMENICO SORRENTINO
Archbishop of Assisi-Nocera
“In fact, the inspiration for this event is to be entirely founded on the pope's magisterium. In 'Evangelii Gaudium' and also in 'Laudato Si',' he has vigorously denounced the pathological state of so much of the world's economy. He speaks about an 'economy that kills,' and shows how it kills people and the environment alike, thus also killing the future.” 

The Vatican has entitled the event "Economy of Francesco". The pope himself has chosen the city of Assisi, from 26 to 28 March 2020, to accompany young people from all over the world in a reflection on the type of economy in which we live in. 

LUIGINO BRUNI
Professor, LUMSA University (Rome)
"The idea was to call those attending to shape tomorrow's economy and make a pact with them to change this world. The pope wanted to engage with young people because they still have the possibility of bringing about change.”

In his statement, Pope Francis proposes that society revise its “moral and mentality, so that they may be more in conformity with God's commandments and the demands of the common good.”

CARD. PETER TURKSON
Prefect, Dicastery for Integral Human Development
"Why when a man dies in the street it's not newsworthy? However, when the stock market goes up or down, it is? It is an economy that respects money, but not who it ought to serve, namely, human beings.”

This selfishness is what Pope Francis wants to address with young people. His goal is to make a “pact” with them to “change today's economy and give a soul to tomorrow's economy.”