Pope urges initiatives for "just and sustainable development"
Pope John Paul II has appealed for new programs for the "just and sustainable development" of poorer countries in the context of globalisation.
The Holy Father's appeal was voiced last weekend at the Second North-South World Forum, organised by the School of Ethics and Economics and the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University of Rome.
The forum focused on micro-credit projects under way in several developing countries and industrialized countries, as well as a report on the "De-tax" initiative, under which Italian businesses allocate 1% of their earnings to development programs in the poorest nations.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano sent the papal message to the forum, which gathered businessmen, academics, theologians, agents of non-governmental organizations, and members of ecclesial movements.
In the letter, the Holy Father encouraged them to find "new ways for a just and sustainable development, especially in favour of countries in which, unfortunately, people continue to die from curable sicknesses or due to precarious conditions of life."
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30 Oct 2003