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Pope Francis: “new colonialism takes on different faces”

Pope Francis speaks out about the “new reforms  of colonialism” in his most powerful speech to date.

A discussion with representatives about social problems, such as unemployment, lack of housing and land took place during last October in Rome. This time round, the pope came to them instead.

Pope Francis projects these “new forms of colonialism” warning how it will leave people as nothing but suppliers impeding their ability to grow and develop.

He states: “Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money. Let us say no to an economy of exclusion and inequality, where money rules, rather than service. That economy kills. That economy excludes. That economy destroys Mother Earth.”

Pope Francis suggests abandonment of old and new reforms of colonialism.

“The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of mammon: corporations, loan agencies, certain ‘free trade’ treaties, and the imposition of measures of ‘austerity’ which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor.”

In addition, the Pope says how wrong it would be to ignore the Christians work and acts of love among the Natives, highlighting Latin America’s Christian identity.
“I wish to be quite clear, as was Saint John Paul II: I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the Church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.”
He mentions how Christians today are still persecuted. “This too needs to be denounced: in this third world war, waged peacemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end.”
To end, the pope requests people to pray for him and especially asks those who do not believe.
Henna Sharma

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