THE POPE: “MATERIALISM GENERATES CORRUPTION” In his usual homily at Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the passage of the Gospel about the rich young man

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“The attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption, everywhere: personal corruption, corruption in business, even small commercial bribery, corruption in politics, corruption in education”. This is one of the comment Pope Francis made in his Homily at this morning’s Mass at Santa Marta. The Bishop of Rome meditated on the Gospel passage about the “young rich man”, who loses all his enthusiasm in following Jesus, after the Saviour’s last one request: to sell all his things and give them to the poor ones. “Those who live attached to their power and wealth – said the Pope – believe they’re in Heaven. They are closed, they have no future, no hope. In the end they will have to leave everything”.

“The riches” – he continued – “are able to enchant us, making us believe that we are in Heaven”. He specified that this attachment “means to live without future, it is a vain life, a sad and hopeless one. I mean ‘attachment’” – he added – “not ‘good administration of one’s riches’, because riches are for the common good, for everyone. Wealth without generosity” – insisted Pope Francis – “makes us believe that we are powerful like God”. In conclusion, the Pope asked all the believers to follow the “first Beatitude: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,’”, to open their hand and their heart, unlike that man “who enjoyed banquets and wore sumptuous clothing”, and who was far away from God.

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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