Pope Francis challenges free market in Easter message

Channel 2 News

Pope Francis was not as overt in calling out the greedy in his 2014 Easter message as he was last year.

He focused mainly on calls for peace and an end to pressing conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere. But even this year, he wove in some commentary on the world economy.

“Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible,” he said. He went on to mention diseases like Ebola that are “spread by neglect and dire poverty.”

Pope Francis stunned the world last Easter when he broke with the usual Holy Week traditions.

He washed the feet of women and two Muslims and delivered an Easter day message calling for not just the usual world peace, but “peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain.”

At that point Francis was…

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