with family members or within small groups) but
also of macro-relationships (social, economic
and political ones)”.
I beg the Lord to grant
us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed
by the state of society, the people, the lives of
the poor! It is vital that government leaders and
financial leaders take heed and broaden their ho-
rizons, working to ensure that all citizens have
dignified work, education and healthcare. Why
not turn to God and ask him to inspire their
plans? I am firmly convinced that openness to
the transcendent can bring about a new politi-
cal and economic mindset which would help to
break down the wall of separation between the
economy and the common good of society.
206. Economy, as the very word indicates,
should be the art of achieving a fitting man-
agement of our common home, which is the
world as a whole. Each meaningful economic
decision made in one part of the world has re-
percussions everywhere else; consequently, no
government can act without regard for shared
Indeed, it is becoming increasing-
ly difficult to find local solutions for enormous
global problems which overwhelm local politics
with difficulties to resolve. If we really want to
achieve a healthy world economy, what is needed
at this juncture of history is a more efficient way
of interacting which, with due regard for the
XVI, Encyclical Letter
Caritas in Veritate
June 2009), 2: AAS 101 (2009), 642.
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