Pope warns against influence of power and money
ITALY: Pope Benedict XVI warned against the influence of power
and money as he celebrated mass Sunday before more than 80,000 people at
the Italian naval shipyard of Ancona, where staff have been out of work
for four months.
“The strength of power and economy” was not sufficient to sustain
man, said the pontiff, who flew into the port of Ancona on the Adriatric
coast by helicopter from his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. “Man
often succumbs to the illusion of being able to transform stones into
bread,” the pontiff said in his homily, adding that “certain ideologies
tried to organise society with the force of power and the economy.”
A number of Italian politician attended the service as well as the
chief executive of the naval construction firm Fincantieri, Giuseppe
Bono, who reaffirmed his efforts to reopen the shipyard, which has been
closed since May, “from the month of October thanks to an order for two
naval ships,” he said.
The pope had lunch with a group of the laid-off workers, and told
them: “The Church is very close to world of work, never forget that.”
Afterwards Benedict visited the cathedral in Ancone where he
addressed married couples and priests on the theme of the family.
Ancona, Monday, AFP