#EOF2022: The values ​​and principles of Saint Francis can “eradicate inequalities”

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A young scholar from the United States describes how he hopes to learn more about the realities around inequality at Francesco’s Economy event in Assisi, as he and other young people apply the values ​​and principles of St. Francis.

By Francesca Merlo – Assisi, Italy

Anthony Guidotti is participating in Francesco’s Economy, which takes place from September 22 to 24 in Assisi, central Italy, as a researcher and “villager” from the Village of Inequalities.

Village against inequalities

Speaking to Vatican News, he explains that throughout the event there is a series of “villages”, each focusing on a different topic.

“My village,” Anthony explains, is called the CO2 of inequality, although, he adds, “we are not just talking about sustainability-related inequality, but across all areas of inequality, qu whether opportunity, financial or ecological. ”

Anthony explains that his research focuses on economic dignity and the creation of community wealth. “I believe what I bring is a really thoughtful approach to my work with policy makers, at the local level, to think about how to turn those ideas and principles that we have into concrete actions that improve the lives of people. people.”

We don’t yet know how to do it, but “I think the first thing comes from identifying our principles.” He warns that if we don’t have a normative basis to compare a public policy, “then our public policy will serve another master than the common good”.

Keeping that in mind, Anthony continues: “I think the first thing is to have conversations and gatherings like this, where we can really say and engage: these are our principles, these are our values. , and then we can work together. and say, okay, what does this mean for our public policy?

Values ​​and principles

Values ​​and principles, especially in a place like Assisi, are very clear, says Anthony. When so many people from around the world come together, we all contribute something, and that, according to Anthony, is “an important aspect of this event and what we’re trying to accomplish”.

It has to be “a global movement”, he stresses. However, Anthony continues, “even more than what we bring, I think it’s what we’re open to, what we listen to.”

Coming from the United States, Anthony thinks there is a lot to learn about inequality, as well as “a more authentic and authentic public policy” by listening and collaborating with colleagues and new friends from all these different countries: “That’s actually how we engage, collaborate and receive from each other.”

Excitement to see Pope Francis

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi on Saturday to attend the final day of Francesco’s Economy event.

Looking forward to seeing the pope, Anthony expresses his excitement at the prospect of witnessing first-hand Pope Francis’ leadership on global issues.

“He’s someone who embodies that value of listening and receiving,” says Anthony. “And I believe his leadership on all of these issues that are covered at this event is really important as we think about the Catholic Church in the modern world, both in terms of how we deal with the challenges of today, but also how we look to the future in our management of that future.”

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