Pope Francis calls for downshift in production and consumption

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On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, His Holiness Pope Francis sent a letter to brothers and sisters of popular movements.

Pope Francis suggests that this may be the time to consider a universal basic wage and for governments to “understand that technocratic paradigms (whether state-centred or market-driven) are not enough to address this crisis or the other great problems affecting humankind.”

Pope Francis urges us to reflect on life after the pandemic

“I want all of us to think about the project of integral human development that we long for and that is based on the central role and initiative of the people in all their diversity, as well as on universal access to those three Ts that you defend: Trabajo (work), Techo (housing), and Tierra (land and food).

“I hope that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money and places human life and dignity at the centre. Our civilization — so competitive, so individualistic, with its frenetic rhythms of production and consumption, its extravagant luxuries, its disproportionate profits for just a few — needs to downshift, take stock, and renew itself.”

For Pope Francis’s full letter can be read on the Vatican’s website as published in Vatican City, Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

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