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The Gospel Means Hope for the Economy, too

In the preface to the book «Potere e denaro» ("Power and Money"), edited by Michele Zanzucchi and published today, Pope Francis raises the question of the financial system's responsibility for the inequalities of the planet

by Pope Francis

Published in Corriere della Sera, 11/04/2018

Papa FrancescoThe economy is a vital component of every society. To a large extent, it determines the quality of life and even that of dying, it contributes to making human existence worthy or unworthy. Therefore, it occupies an important place in the Church's reflection, which looks upon men and women as people called to collaborate with God's plan also through work and through the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. For this reason, from the first weeks of my pontificate, I have had the opportunity to deal with questions regarding poverty and wealth, justice and injustice, sound and perverse finance.

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Equipment plea as farm school breaks new ground

IRISH volunteers who recently built a milking parlour in Africa are calling on Irish farmers to give the project an extra helping hand by donating farm equipment.

by Claire Fox

published in on February 23,2018

171227 Irlanda Burkina Faso 08 ridPaul Connolly, who is an optometrist in Cavan town, was part of a team of eight who travelled to Burkina Faso in West Africa in late December to build a milking parlour at the Complexe Agricole Temuwe farm school.

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Volunteers seek to build modern dairy farm in West Africa

Seven Irishmen and one brave girl travelled to Burkina Faso to practically help develop an EoC project: the cronicle from an Irish Newspaper

by Sean McMahon

published in Anglo Celt newspaper on 24/01/2018

171227 Irlanda Burkina Faso 08 ridCavan Volunteers together with people from neighbouring Counties have just returned from a highly successful trip to a farming community in far off West Africa. They used their skills in unison with the hard working local people to erect a dairy where milking equipment can be installed and the farmers there can evolve from subsistence farming to more advanced methods, which derive an income for them. They will be returning to West Africa to advance this enlighted project and are appealing for milking machine equipment donations.

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The Wall Street Journal - 26/01/2015

 Serving God and the Law at a Philippine Bank

by Gregory J.Millan

 published in The Wall Street Journal on January 26, 2015 6:00 AM ET

Teresa Ganzon BK ridTeresa Ganzon and her husband bought a controlling interest in Bangko Kabayan Inc. in 1989, when it had only one branch, and it now ranks as one of the biggest rural banks in the Philippines. Ms. Ganzon has faced the usual array of developing country business risks, but in an unusual way, because she is also a leader in the Economy of Communion, an international network of more than 800 businesses committed to putting into practice the Catholic social doctrine behind Pope Francis’s controversial comments about business and the economy.  In a press conference during his recent trip to the Philippines, the Pope condemned corruption, and even spoke of kicking corrupt officials “where the sun doesn’t shine.” Ms. Ganzon discussed with Risk & Compliance Journal how Bangko Kabayan has grown while doing business in a manner consistent with that doctrine, in one of the world’s more corrupt countries.

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The Wall Street Journal - 10/07/2014

Catholics in Business Wrestle With Pope Francis' Attacks on Capitalism  - 'If the Pope's Message Is Going to Be Effective, It Has to Be Realistic'

By Gregory J. Millman

published in The Wall Street Journal on July 10, 2014 2:26 p.m. ET

Logo WSJVATICAN CITY—Since his election last year, Pope Francis frequently has turned his attention to global business. "The economy can no longer turn to remedies that are a new poison, such as attempting to increase profits by reducing the workforce," he wrote In November.

Such comments, typical of this pope's statements, writings and even tweets, have Catholic executives struggling to remain faithful to their religion and loyal to their stockholders.

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SIR - 19/12/2012

The meeting of Christian Churches and the views of the economist Luigino Bruni

Economy and Europe: No to the single model

Logo_SirThe Christian Churches of Europe convened in Brussels to discuss the challenges of social market economy, and to address major themes, namely, a highly competitive European economy in a globalized world, which at the same time is open to solidarity and social justice. The meeting took place in December 14. It was promoted by the European Commission, by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and by COMECE, the Commission representing the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. One of the central themes of the works was also youth unemployment, which was defined by the Churches as “an impending challenge i which involves all of Europe”.

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Economic justice, a possible reality

The global economy offers many new opportunities but also risks. There is a need to make the market inclusive for all.

Economic justice, a possible reality

by Luigino Bruni

editorial published on Mondo e Missione n.5/2011


The global economy is a very powerful machine yet it is fragile and unstable. This is one of the messages of the crisis we find ourselves in. Specifically, the globalized economy creates enormous opportunities of wealth but also produces new costs. Among them is the radical uncertainty of the financial systems and stronger social imbalances. Oftentimes the consequences of these crises are borne not by the social sector that caused it and normally the much poorer ones. This is why the theme of social justice today is also the dominant theme of the new economy. We are witnessing it in the mid-Orient (we should not forget that the revolution these months were triggered by issues relating to economic justice). I believe we will continue to see this in the coming years not only in the Arab countries but also in China and in India. When individual freedom and democracy takes over, the enormous inequality we find in these new giants will no longer be tolerated.

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Zenit - 27/01/2011

"Economy of Communion" Puts Profits in Common

Focolare Business Initiative Reaches Africa 

Published on on 27/01/2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, JAN. 27, 2011 ( Entrepreneurs who embrace the "Economy of Communion" are changing the paradigms of economic behavior. They harness the strength of a "culture of giving" and see the poor as a resource. Now this economy is being presented as a new paradigm for Africa. 

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Osservatore Romano - 28/01/2011

Focolare Conference in Nairobi on the project requested by Chiara Lubich

Economy of Communion for African Development 

Published in the Roman Observer on 28/01/2011

Nairobi, January 27 - "An authentic African development should bring with it the "spirituality of communion", concern for others and solidarity towards those in need. This conference is a great opportunity to introduce a new dimension in the study program on economic and human development.

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Avvenire - 23/09/2010

But gratuitousness can live together with the market

By Luigino Bruni

Published on Avvenire on 23/09/2010 

The topic of gratuitousness is (finally!) being talked about again, even in public debate, in politics – and even in economy and economic science.

This renewed interest by the economy should not surprise people if we remember that the Latin word charitas (note the letter “h”, as it was written in the first Christian codes) – which was chosen by Christians to translate the Greek word agape, gratuitous love – had economic origins and uses. It means that which was expensive, that which costs on the market. This renewed interest, however, is accompanied by usage which is not always attentive and faithful to the great philosophical, spiritual and especially human reflection (only humans know about it) on gratuitousness. In my opinion, there are two errors that frequently appear when people talk about gratuitousness. First of all, they identify it with free, as in free of charge, a price of zero. “Frank works gratuitously”, meaning he works for free, therefore, his stipend is zero.  Instead, from the great Franciscan tradition, we know that gratuitousness in a certain way means to have infinite value.

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Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

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The economy of giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

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