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January 23, 2018

Pope Tells Participants Human-Centric Economy Is ‘A Moral Imperative’ as 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Gets Underway in Davos, Switzerland

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Photo: Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), London, and Shah Rukh Khan, Actor, Red Chillies Entertainment, India, after the “The 24th Annual Crystal Awards Ceremony” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaking during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez.

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Photo: Hao Jingfang, Writer, China Development Research Foundation, People’s Republic of China, captured during the Session “The Power of Economic Narratives” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

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Photo: Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, speaking during the Session “Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems for Health with Massachusetts Institute of Technology” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

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Photo: Hanzade Dogan Boyner, Chairwoman, Hepsiburada, Turkey, speaking during the Session: Online Consumer Marketplaces, at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Walter Duerst.

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 January 2018 - His Holiness Pope Francis helped open the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting with a special message, passionately calling on participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalized world.

In a speech delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said: “It is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development and by implementing economic policies that favour the family.”

Echoing the theme of the meeting, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, the Pope said, “The entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labour laws, fighting against … corruption and promoting social justice.” He continued, “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented towards ‘true north’,” represented by authentic values.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting opens today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world. The meeting brings together governments, international organizations, business, civil society, cultural leaders, media, experts and the young generation, at the highest level and in representative ways.

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