Pope argues for faith values21 December 2012
Pope Benedict XVI today exhorted Christians to integrate their faith values in their professional lives.
In a comment piece for today's Financial Times, the Pope wrote: "At the end a year that has meant economic hardship for many, what can we learn from the humility, the poverty, the simplicity of the crib scene?"
He continued: It is in the Gospel that Christians find inspiration for their daily lives and their involvement in worldly affairs - be it in the Houses of Parliament or the Stock Exchange. Christians should not shun the world; they should engage with it. But their involvement in politics and economics transcend every ideology."
He then said that Christians' beliefs inspired them to fight poverty, oppose greed and exploitation and work for a more equitable sharing of the earth's resources.
But he said: "Christians render to Caesar only what belongs to Caesar, not what belongs to God. When Christians refuse to bow down before the false gods proposed today ... it is because they are free from the constraints of ideology and inspired by such a noble vision of human destiny that they cannot collude with anything that undermines it."
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