Don’t be afraid to show concern, fight poverty, pope tells global leaders

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January 20, 2016

Homeless and the needy receive free meals on Christmas Eve in Gdansk, Poland. Pope Francis urged global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 20 to act fairly and compassionately toward poor people. (CNS photo/Adam Warzawa, EPA) See POPE-DAVOS-ECONOMIC Jan. 20, 2016.

Homeless and the needy receive free meals on Christmas Eve in Gdansk, Poland. Pope Francis urged global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 20 to act fairly and compassionately toward poor people. (CNS photo/Adam Warzawa, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t be afraid of acting fairly and compassionately toward the poor, Pope Francis said in a written message to global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

And do not let the sweeping innovations in robotics, science and technology “lead to the destruction of the human person — to be replaced by a soulless machine — or to the transformation of our planet into an empty garden for the enjoyment of a chosen few,” he said.

The pope’s message was read at the meeting Jan. 20 by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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