Pope highlights inequality as threat to democracy

A worshiper waves the flag of Argentina as Pope Francis arrives for the weekly general audience on June 5 at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via ucanews.com)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One of the greatest threats to democracy is the normalization of social injustice and economic inequality, both of which remain largely ignored until those most affected rise up in protest and are subsequently labeled as dangerous troublemakers, Pope Francis said.

The poor and vulnerable are often met with indifference by those in power, the pope said June 4 at a Vatican meeting of judges from North, Central and South America.

While technology offers "well-being and innumerable pleasures for a happy minority," the pope said, thousands of poor people do not even have decent housing.

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