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Pope Francis tells Davos delegates people must come before profit

by Press Association

Pope Francis has a message for the high-powered participants at the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland: people, not profit, must be at the core of public policy.

Francis issued written greetings to remind delegates of the “moral obligation” to place “the human person, rather than the mere pursuit of power or profit, at the very centre of public policy”.

He said the forum provides an arena where “political will and mutual cooperation can be guided and strengthened in overcoming the isolationism, individualism and ideological colonisation that sadly characterises too much contemporary debate”.

Francis is also encouraging the forum’s deliberations to boost solidarity with those suffering “social and economic injustice and whose very existence is even threatened”.

A Vatican cardinal is representing the pope at the gathering, which started on Tuesday.

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