Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday, July 8th, Quito, Ecuador after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, this according to the Associated Press.
The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ message –
“As stewards of these riches which we have received, we have an obligation toward society as a whole and toward future generations,” Francis said. “We cannot bequeath this heritage to them without proper care of the environment, without a sense of gratuitousness born of our contemplation of the created world.”
“The goods of the Earth are meant for everyone, and however much someone may parade his property, it has a social mortgage,” Francis said. “The tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant in Ecuador, must not be concerned with short-term benefits.”
This is not the first time that Pope Francis has called for a focus on sharing resources. And although he has gained many critics, from persons such as Rush Limbaugh calling the Pope’s suggestions “pure Marxism,” Francis continues to remain firm.
According to the Associated Press, Francis will spend the rest of his Bolivian stay in Santa Cruz. There it is expected that he will headline another summit of grassroots groups and visit with inmates at the Palmasola notoriously violent prison, after which the Pope will head to Paraguay.