The rich and poor have equal dignity. #PopeFrancis #ClimateChange

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The rich and the poor have equal dignity

  1. The rich and the poor have equal dignity, for “the Lord is the maker of them all” (Prov22:2). “He himself made both small and great” (Wis6:7), and “he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good” (Mt 5:45). This has practical consequences, such as those pointed out by the bishops of Paraguay: “Every campesino has a natural right to possess a reasonable allotment of land where he can establish his home, work for subsistence of his family and a secure life. This right must be guaranteed so that its exercise is not illusory but real. That means that apart from the ownership of property, rural people must have access to means of technical education, credit, insurance, and markets”.

[French]

  1. Le riche et le pauvre ont une égale dignité parce que « le Seigneur les a faits tous les deux » (Pr22, 2), « petits et grands, c’est lui qui les a faits » (Sg6, 7), et « il fait lever son soleil sur les méchants et sur les bons » (Mt 5, 45). Cela a des conséquences pratiques, comme celles qu’ont énoncées les Évêques du Paraguay : « Tout paysan a le droit naturel de posséder un lot de terre raisonnable, où il puisse établir sa demeure, travailler pour la subsistance de sa famille et avoir la sécurité de l’existence. Ce droit doit être garanti pour que son exercice ne soit pas illusoire mais réel. Cela signifie que, en plus du titre de propriété, le paysan doit compter sur les moyens d’éducation technique, sur des crédits, des assurances et la commercialisation ».

Pope Francis says so much more. Read it for yourself (in Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish or Portuguese): http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

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