His Holiness, Pope Francis I, has decried the incessant cases of destruction of worship centres in Nigeria and the rest of Africa where Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to target Christian and Islamic worship centres.
He also took a swipe at capitalism, Corporations and their agents over the increasing spate of poverty, inequality and environmental degradation.
The leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world while commending the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, said: “The need for greater equity is especially true in the case of those bodies with effective executive capability, such as the Security Council, the Financial Agencies and the groups or mechanisms specifically created to deal with economic crises. This will help limit every kind of abuse or usury, especially where developing countries are concerned.
“The International Financial Agencies should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and dependence.”
According to him, the misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion.
“In effect, a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged, either because they are differently-abled (handicapped), or because they lack adequate information and technical expertise, or are incapable of decisive political action,” said the Pope.