Francis: “When stock markets drop ten points it’s ‘a tragedy’, when one man dies it’s the norm”

Francis dedicated this week’s General Audience to the importance of countering our culture of waste. “Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor,” the Pope said

On World Environmental Day Pope Francis took the opportunity during the General Audience to send out “a strong reminder of the need to eliminate the waste and disposal of food,” Vatican Radio reports. In today’s catechesis, the Pope firmly rejected today’s uncontrolled “culture of waste”, disposability and quick consumption, which leads to the worship of money and stock markets. “This “culture of waste” tends to become the common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person is no longer perceived as a primary value to be respected and protected, especially if poor or disabled, if not yet useful – such as the unborn child – or no longer needed – such as the elderly. This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food,” the Vatican Radio reported the Pope saying….more

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