Pope Francis (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R)
Pope Francis has warned young people that, though human life is a gift from God, some of it is “not an important thing”.
“Now you can see how very, very many of you see many of God’s gifts as less important than the human present. Now you can see how money and money alone can be a very very important thing and it’s tempting,” he said in a video shown in a gathering of young Catholics in Italy.
“The temptations that exist at every age are the same, and these temptations include consumption.
“So that’s why I repeat again, choose wisely, choose wisely. They say what money can do, it can help. It’s difficult to resist a temptation that is very tempting.
“That temptation is the lure of money and it also has a temptation, a devil temptation, as the Pope Paul VI (C) said: a deviant temptation. It’s a temptation that has certain riches, but it’s also a temptation that has a high price to pay,” he said.
Pope Francis was speaking to young people at the 20th anniversary celebration of the ordination of Bishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Calabria, the head of a diocese which comprises around a million Catholics.
The evening in which the Pope delivered his message was also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Pope Francis has also spoken out about the importance of cultural pluralism, saying that “while all cultures can serve us, they don’t have to be one source of goods and services”.
“Today, alongside truth, moral standards, solidarity and other values, cultural characteristics are essential,” he said, in reference to the nature of the cult of individualism.
“This man, or woman, their style, their actions, what they give expression to can have more weight than the truth and the good.”