Misusing wealth and power leads to corruption and death, says Pope Francis

Misusing wealth and power leads to corruption and death, says Pope Francis

Pope_Francis_gives_a_rosary_to_a_disabled_child_during_his_general_audience_Feb_24_2016_Credit_Daniel_Ibaez_CNAWealth and power were to be used to serve the society, or else, it would become instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse, said Pope Francis to the faithful.

“Wealth and power are realities which can be good and useful for the common good, if they are put at the service of the poor and of everyone, with justice and charity,” the Pope said during the general audience. But when people consider it “as a privilege with egoism and power, as too often happens, they are transformed into instruments of corruption and death.”

Citing the story of Naboth in the First Book of Kings, the Pope told the faithful gathered to attend the General audience that, the story is so relevant today. It was about those in power who exploit the poor. “It’s the story of corrupt politicians who always want more and more.”

But God is greater than all the evil and dirty games of humanity. He stressed that the divine mercy is stronger than man’s sins. He encouraged pilgrims to open their hearts for the divine mercy.