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Pope Francis during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square Pope Francis during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square   (Vatican Media)

Pope urges economic leaders to favour integral human development

The Pope looked ahead to Saturday's World Bank Spring Meeting in Washinton DC and urged participants to push for policies that favour economic inclusion and promote the lives of the poorest of our planet.

By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis expressed hope that the upcoming World Bank Meeting may yield positive results that favour “an authentic integral development that is respectful of human dignity.”

Speaking on Wednesday at the conclusion of the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope mentioned Saturday’s World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington and encouraged participants to make “efforts for financial inclusion that aim to promote the life of the poor.”

The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary and the World Bank Group each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and other experts to discuss economic issues of global concern.

This year’s Spring Meetings events are taking place in Washington, DC, between 16 and 22 April.

 

18 April 2018, 10:41