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Argentine Church calls for responsible leadership and end to political bickering

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 20:07 UTC
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Speaking before Cristina Fernández, her cabinet ministers and other government officials, Monsignor Radrizzani asked for “no more fighting”. Speaking before Cristina Fernández, her cabinet ministers and other government officials, Monsignor Radrizzani asked for “no more fighting”.
Buenos Aires City Archbishop, Monsignor Mario Poli, asked to “overcome the idea that the other is an adversary or an enemy”. Buenos Aires City Archbishop, Monsignor Mario Poli, asked to “overcome the idea that the other is an adversary or an enemy”.
Pope Francis said that wealth lived in a selfish way is “sad, takes hope away and it is the origin of every kind of corruption, either big or small.” Pope Francis said that wealth lived in a selfish way is “sad, takes hope away and it is the origin of every kind of corruption, either big or small.”

The long influential shadow of Buenos Aires born Pope Francis was again present on Monday 25 May at two significant religious and official ceremonies, calling for responsible leadership and an end to political bickering.

 Archbishop of Luján, Monsignor Agustín Radrizzani, called for work and solidarity while offering the Te Deum ceremony at the Luján Basilica for the 205° anniversary of the May Revolution, commemorated this Monday.

Speaking before President Cristina Fernández, most of her cabinet ministers and other government officials, the religious leader asked for “no more fighting”.

Last year, the head of state returned to Buenos Aires City Cathedral for the Te Deum ceremony for the first time in eight years after improving relations between the government and Jorge Bergoglio, as he was named Pope Francis.

Meanwhile, at the Metropolitan Cathedral, another Te Deum was being celebrated, with the presence of Mayor and presidential hopeful Mauricio Macri.

Buenos Aires City Archbishop, Monsignor Mario Poli, asked to “overcome the idea that the other is an adversary or an enemy”. He furthermore asked for social unity and the responsibility of political leaders.

However when asked about the president attending the Te Deum at the Luján Basilica, Macri said he regretted the president returning to Luján.

“It's a pity the Te Deum is split in two. We had made it last year, I don't know why the president decided to return to Luján,” Macri told reporters.

“What is important is to think what we are going to do after December 10, to build with all the country the relationship we already have with the City neighbors,” the presidential hopeful stated.

Meanwhile from Rome, Pope Francis said that wealth has to serve the “greater good” and asserted that its abundance lived in a selfish way is “sad, takes hope away and it is the origin of every kind of corruption, either big or small.”

The Pope stated that this attitude explains the unhappiness in our world, its injustice and wickedness during the homily in the mass at Saint Marta’s house.

“Clinging to wealth, ready to increase it and protect it. Corrupted people that find paradise only in this will eventually lose themselves and walk definitely away from God. Wealthy but sterile, incapable of administrating money for the sake of all men,” affirmed the pontiff.

Bergoglio explained that to hold on to wealth is “the beginning of all kind of corruption, personal and in business, -even the small commercial crimes-, political and educational.”

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  • Enrique Massot

    Very appropriate comments from Pope Francisco. Wealth concentration and the use of capital for speculative practices as opposed to productive investment is ruining the chances of a building a healthy world economy.
    The debacle of European countries that followed to the letter the traditional recipes of the EU and the FMI shows the shortcomings of a system based on selfish and corrupted power schemes.
    “Wealthy but sterile, incapable of administrating money for the sake of all men,” said Francisco. Well put.

    taking away resources from productive investment at the world's level, sabotaging the chances of ruining the world's economy and getting the world back to the Dark Ages.

    May 26th, 2015 - 11:57 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. I wonder. The Catholic Church is well known for having more 'assets' than it knows what to do with. The Vatican Bank manages US$7.3 billion in assets. US$866 million of equity that it owns. Over US$20 million in gold reserves. Take into account that, in 2010, the American Catholic Church alone spent US$170 billion. Definitely a case of do as I say, not as I do. So much of the wealth of the Catholic Church cannot even be guessed at. Probably in the hundreds of quintillions of dollars. A quote “Jesus was the poorest of the poor. Roman Catholicism, which claims to be His church, is the richest of the rich, the wealthiest institution on earth. (…) How come, that such an institution, ruling in the name of this same itinerant preacher, whose want was such that he had not even a pillow upon which to rest his head, is now so top-heavy with riches that she can rival - indeed, that she can put to shame - the combined might of the most redoubtable financial trusts, of the most potent industrial super-giants, and of the most prosperous global corporation of the world?”

    May 27th, 2015 - 10:32 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 KMPH

    This RCC twat should practice what he preaches: give the money to the 'poor' and see what they do with it.

    Ha, ha, ha.

    May 27th, 2015 - 12:16 pm 0
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