Pope: It's Time to Fix the Wealth Gap
Also calls for end to Syria violence in New Year's address
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 2:07 PM CST
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he leaves at the end of an Epiphany mass he celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI used his New Year's speech today to urge world leaders to address the growing wealth gap between rich and poor, the AP reports. And he got quite technical in his calling for that. As reported by Bloomberg:

  • "If the differential index between financial rates represents a source of concern, the increasing differences between those few who grow ever richer and the many who grow hopelessly poorer should be a cause for dismay," he said. "It is a question of refusing to be resigned to a ‘spread’ in social well-being, while at the same time fighting one in the financial sector."

His words were particularly directed at Europe as it deals with its financial crisis. He called on the European Union to make "far-sighted" and "difficult" decisions about policies that will help the entire region to grow, as opposed to "short-term interests." He also called for an end to the violence in Syria during the speech, which Reuters calls his "state of the world" address.

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Feb 10, 2013 9:38 PM CST
Fix the Wealth Gap? Start with YOURSELF, Benny boy!
Jan 9, 2013 9:52 AM CST
From 313 AD (their inception) to now; 2013 = 1700 yrs of tyranny and murder. They NT churches rejected them as heretics and they've been on the assault ever since. The Inquisition and holy wars label who they are. Of all the names one could come up with; Christian is not one of them. But, they claim to be Catholics; not Christians. They are the recreation of the Babylonian religion. The STUR they display lets you know. The ancient Chiun and Chaldean language let's you know the star they follow: the numerical value of S=60, T=400, U=6, R=200 or 666 Mother of Harlots in REV 17.
Jan 8, 2013 4:58 PM CST
And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.