Pope Francis today asked Latin American businessmen to flee “profit at all costs” because this causes the workers to be degraded or enslaved, when receiving the Business Council of Latin America, which brings together private businessmen from 19 countries in the region.
The pontiff asked them to focus their work “from a culture of encounter” in order to be able to “defend yourself from the shadows of evil, that invade us when profit at all costs misrepresents our relationships, to the point of degrading or enslaving the very people”.
“The culture of encounter, on the contrary, expresses the search for the common good thus helping to dispel those shadows,” the pope said.
And he added that it is these values that inspire “the daily efforts and sacrifices that their companies make to get ahead, to train and update their workers, to avoid conflicts and avoid the pain of dismissal, also aware that behind each worker there is a family, and the entire society”.
He also proposed that “like the first followers of Jesus, be network builders” in order to help each other.
“The service they perform is not abstract, but to each person and each people, and for this reason it is necessary to act together, without stepping over anyone and leaving no one behind”added the pontiff.