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Place the person at the center of enterprise, Pope tells Italian businessmen

February 29, 2016

Pope Francis challenged 7,000 members of the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) to create a “real alternative the consumer model of profit at all costs” by placing the human person at the center of business enterprise.

Speaking in the Paul VI Audience Hall on February 27, the Pope said that “this attention to the concrete person carries with it a series of important choices.”

“It means giving to each his own, relieving of mothers and fathers of families the worry of not being able to give a future, or even a present, to their children,” he said. “It means knowing how to direct, but also knowing how to share projects and ideas with humility and trust. It means acting in such a way that one task creates another, one responsibility creates other responsibilities, hope generates other hopes, especially for the younger generations, which today are more than ever are in need.”

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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Mar. 01, 2016 2:55 PM ET USA

    Let's play what if. What if a businessman has to choose between spending his time employing people in a business that he can't make profitable, or spending his time employing people in a business that he CAN make profitable? He cannot find a way to do both, and the employees of 1 business cannot profitably transition to the other business. What's the man to do then that will not get him criticized by the Church hierarchy?

  • Posted by: Dennis Olden - Feb. 29, 2016 10:00 PM ET USA

    I am printing this out to save. It's the first "concrete" talk I have ever heard on specific ways to put the person first in capitalism rather than the profit. Bears thinking hard on.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 29, 2016 6:32 PM ET USA

    Italian businessmen, and all the rest of the Italian men, would be well advised to go home, get married and have children. There is no future for Italy without them. Perhaps there is still time to save their civilization. A birth rate that is the lowest in the whole world is a disgraceful scandal. When the population grows, so does the nation's business life. Whispy Papal economic admonitions and airy thoughts to the contrary, Italy is dying. And so is most of Europe.