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By Philip Pulela
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday that he understood that some people inside the church considered him an “insect” to protect the poor and weakest, but that would not stop him because it was part of Christianity.
“Thinking about these situations (exclusion and inequality), I make myself an insect with my question,” said Pope Francis, the first Latin American. And I keep asking.
He called on pharmaceutical companies to issue patents to make the Covid-1 for vaccine more accessible to the poor, noting that in some countries only %% -4% of the population has been vaccinated.
Franc, a year-old Francis, spoke via video link to the World Assembly of Popular Movements, a group of grassroots organizations and social movements that focus on labor, land ownership, healthcare and other social issues in the developing world.
He called on industries such as mining and timber to “stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, stop polluting rivers and seas, and stop poisoning food and people.”
Francis said rich countries and financial institutions should cancel the cancellation of poor countries. Weapons manufacturers and dealers should “stop contributing to the horrific geopolitical game that has claimed the lives of millions of displaced people and killed millions.”
He said technology giants should stop allowing hate speech, fake news, conspiracy theories and political maneuvering, and he called on countries to consider a universal basic income and shorter working days to create more jobs.
“This system, with its relentless argument, is escaping all human control. It’s time to slow down the locomotive,” he said. “And so, I’m adamant in my annoyance.”
He received that criticism in the past, especially from conservatives in the U.S. church, when he made a similar appeal.
“It is sad for me that some members of the church are offended when we refer to these guidelines which are part of the whole tradition of the church,” he said, referring to a set of Catholic social teachings issued by Pope John Paul II in 2004.
“But the pope must not stop mentioning this teaching, even if it often annoys people, because what is at risk is not the pope but the gospel.”
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