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Pope prays G20 summit will help world’s poor

By on Thursday, 3 November 2011

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI has prayed that this week’s G20 summit will find ways to overcome the economic crisis and promote real development.

At the end of his weekly general audience the Pope issued a special appeal to the leaders of the world’s largest economies scheduled to meet today and tomorrow in Cannes, France.

“I hope the meeting will help overcome the difficulties, which – on a global level – block the promotion of an authentically human and integral development,” the Pope said.

The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

The agenda for the Cannes meeting aims at finding ways to coordinate economic policies to reduce global imbalances between rich and poor, strengthening the regulation of financial markets and promoting development in the world’s poorer countries despite the global crisis.

In view of the Cannes summit, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a document calling for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets, rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development”, and promote development and the common good.

In his main talk, Pope Benedict spoke about the day’s feast of All Souls and the need for Catholics to live in a way that really makes clear their belief in eternal life.

Jesus, “in the supreme act of love on the cross, immersed himself in the abyss of death, conquering it, rising from the dead and opening for us, too, the doors of eternity”, the Pope said. “Christ sustains us through the dark night of death, which he himself passed through.”

Pope Benedict said it was natural that people feared death and the unknown beyond this life. He said that even most people who claim to believe only in what they can prove have a sense that life cannot just end here.

“The human person needs eternity; hope for anything else is too brief, too limited,” he said.

“We cannot accept that everything beautiful and great accomplished during an entire existence is suddenly erased, that it falls into the abyss of nothingness,” he said.

The feeling is particularly strong when it comes to love, which must be eternal. “It is not possible that it is destroyed in an instant,” the Pope said.

The Christian belief in eternal life makes sense and allows people to face their own death and the death of loved ones with hope, he said.

  • Anonymous

    The real gang pulling the strings in this world is the Davos group.
    When they get together satan is surely not far away.
    This is my personal opinion based on what I have read into.

  • Admin

    The world is coming to end… Jesus’ second coming is nearer than before. The prophecy in Revelation is about to be fulfilled. The Roman Empire is resurrecting as the Papacy is gradually taking over world power. All Christians should watch out for the establishment of the “National Sunday Law” is approaching speedily. The Seventh Day Adventist are right – their doctrines are perfect for salvation. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know whether I agree with you entirely. But I really dislike the idea of closed doors discussions. It may be the case it is innocent enough – but obviously it is going to raise suspicion.

    And I thought politics was meant to be all about ‘transparency’ these days…

  • EditorCT

    No, Our Lady’s promise of peace in the world if only the Pope and bishops will consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, is perfect – because this is what God has ordained.

    However, these modern popes prefer to put their faith in political summits like the G20 or pagan pray-fests like Assisi, rather than trust Our Lady and her Son. God (literally) help them, for politicians and pagans won’t bring about world peace or justice for the poor – that’s a given.

  • gloria

    The Pope and Bishops must consecrate Russia as Our Lady asked, for this will truly bring peace.  I’m sure that Our Lady told Sister Lucia one of the 3 children to whom she appeared at Fatima, that the consecration would be late in being carried out. 

    I recall hearing that Our Lord, Jesus Christ asked Saint Margaret to convey a message to the King of France, asking him to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart.  This was not done.  One hundred years to the day the French revolution began.  I have also read somewhere that the King of France did consecrate France to the Sacred Heart only after the revolution had began in 1791 – very late indeed.

    Our Lady appeared to the three children in Fatima on the 13th day of each month from May to October 1917, which culminated with the miracle of the sun and by witnessed by 70,000 people.  We are now almost at the end of 2011, 2017 is not far off.  Will we see a global war that will wipe out the majority of the world’s population?
    Irrespective of how many summits aiming at co-ordinating economic crisis to reduce global imbalances or whatever else that can be thought up, where in the world that God Himself is to be wiped off the map.  What chance for humanity?

  • Anonymous


    Where did you get the notion that most of the world’s population will be wiped out in 2017? Is this a figment of your febrile imagination? No wonder ‘end of the world’ stories proliferate on the web.

    Fatima was, despite dancing suns and whatever people like EditorCT say, a private revelation. We are under no obligation to pay any attention to Fatima. You would be better getting on with your life and avoiding starting crazy end-of-the-world theories and tales that the French Revolution came about as a result of an unfulfilled promise 100 years earlier.

    You are getting Catholicism a bad name.

  • Joan

    If Fatima is merely a private revelation then why did Pope John Paul II say it places an obligation on the Church and why did Pope Benedict warn that Fatima was still concerned with the future, not the past?

    Here’s a good essay on the subject of how to discern private and public revelations and how Scripture underpins Fatima.

    Have you ever written a blog post without mentioned EditorCT?

  • Joan

    That is the really terrifying thought that 17 May 2017 will be one hundred years to the day when the first apparitions at Fatima took place.  I wonder if the Pope ever reflects on this.  Why is he placing his trust in human ideas about peace instead of trusting Our Lady?  It seems incredible.

  • EditorCT

    Joan, the following link is also helpful in dispelling the ignorant notion that Fatima is merely a private revelation (not that private revelations are to be dismissed – they are an important part of the fabric of the Faith. Modernist Catholics no longer appreciate this truth.  Their Mass has so Protestantised them that most things Catholic are abhorrent to them:

    “(Fatima) is not
    just a private revelation. It is a public, prophetic revelation given by the
    Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. It is not to be confused with
    “Revelation” or as it is also called, the Deposit of the Faith, which
    ended with the death of the last Apostle. But public, prophetic revelation must
    not be despised. The Virgin Mary’s prophecy was confirmed by a public miracle
    and authenticated by a whole line of Popes. Also, its predictions have come

    So, while
    belief in the Message of Fatima may not strictly be required of Catholics as an
    article of faith, one would be very foolish to disregard such an obviously
    authentic message from Heaven. As St. Paul taught: “Despise not
    prophecies, but prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” (1
    Thess. 5:20-21) The prophecy of Fatima has been proven worthy of belief. We
    should not despise it, but rather hold fast to what Our Lady told us at Fatima.”

  • Anonymous


    I see it as an important role in my life to counter the nonsense and vituperative, unchristian comments which are the stcok in trade of EditorCT.

    Fatima has now taken the place of the Creed in the faith of these Fatimists. In a previous post, EditorCT or one of her lackeys, described Fatima as ‘the most important event in the history of the world’. So much for the Incarnation and the Resurrection, then.

  • Joan

    I’ve never read any nonsense or vituperative, unchristian comments from EditorCT so I find your excuse really odd.  Also, I think it is obvious that EditorCT would not mean what you claim. Do you have the exact quote or a link to it where she allegedly said Fatima was more important than the Incarnation or Resurrection? 

  • John

    The Church, by continuing on this foolhardy path of defying and ignoring Our Lady, is headed straight for horrible disaster (cf. “the Bishop dressed in white” vision). It is the path started by John XXIII, the path long planned by Freemasonry and their Communist puppets, and the path by which Satan thinks he can destroy the Church by transforming it into just another part of a new world religion. Well, he will find eventually that he is grievously mistaken, but not before much more suffering and stupidity occurs….for example, the stupidity of the ongoing geopolitical agenda of this Pope.

  • Anonymous



    Just read the latest Catholic Truth newsletter to see the venom spewed by EditorCT. She attacks Fr Willy Slavin, Mgr Peter Smith, Bishop Devine, Archbishop Conti and Professor Groome, among others. She puts Fr Willy Slavin’s title (Fr) in brackets before his name, intending put into doubt his standing as a priest.

    Are these the actions of a Christian?

  • Joan

    I notice that Fr Willy Slavin is not shown to be a priest in the Open House booklet.  He is always just “Willy Slavin” so I thought that was why EditorCT did that which means it is the opposite of what you say – that she is making it clear that he is a priest even though he doesn’t do that himself.

    I can’t see any venom in the newsletter at all. So I am surprised to read your comments about the latest newsletter.  Do you agree with the Archdiocese of Glasgow making everyone take Communion in the hand and standing?  Do you agree with Professor Tom Groome being invited to speak on Catholic premises given that he does not accept so much Catholic teaching?  Do you agree with Archbishop Conti giving St Anne’s church over to Episcopalians?  By the way I noticed on the Catholic Truth blog held on that subject that you did not comment on the topic but whatever you had written was on another topic, which makes me confident in saying that I am right in believing you are just anti-Catholic Truth and anti-EditorCT for some reason. No orthodox Catholic could possibly dislike Catholic Truth – it doesn’t have anything in it which is at odds with Catholic teaching.  You really are a puzzle, cathedralman.

  • Joan

    By the way I should have said you can read the Open House in St Mary’s cathedral  in Edinburgh it is always out there proudly on display which is a disgrace. Take a look and you will see that there is a Willy Slavin always in there but never referred to as Fr  Willy Slavin. 

  • Parasum

    “Do you agree with Archbishop Conti giving St Anne’s church over to Episcopalians?”## He can probably justify doing that, by citing two Vatican documents: that committing sacrilege by profaning Catholic churches in that way is any less excusable.

  • Parasum

    “Do you agree with Archbishop Conti giving St Anne’s church over to

    ## He can probably justify doing that, by citing two
    Vatican documents:

    Not that committing sacrilege by profaning Catholic churches in that way is any less excusable.

  • Parasum

    “Joan, the following link is also helpful in dispelling the ignorant notion that Fatima is merely a private revelation…”

    ## If it is not a private revelation – which is what in fact it is – it has to be part of public revelation. But that is the same thing as the deposit of faith that comes to us through the Apostles. Which means that the events of Fatima are revealed truths on a par with the Incarnation & its consequences. The alternative is to say that public revelation, far from being over, is continuing – but that position contradicts the Church’s solemn teaching.

    ” As St. Paul taught: “Despise not prophecies, but prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” (1
    Thess. 5:20-21)”

    ## Nor does the Church ignore those words – but as it judges that public revelation is ended, it concludes that any further revelations are, if genuine, private, and not part of public revelation. Fatima can be credible, without being part of public revelation. The credibility or authenticity of the Fatima apparitions, however well-established, are entirely different matters from whether any of those apparitions are part of public revelation. The Revelations to Blessed Julian of Norwich in the 14th century are widely read – they are publicly available: but in no sense are they parts of public revelation. So with the events at Fatima. To deny they are public revelations and to insist they are private revelations is not to despise them, but to describe them in a theologically accurate manner that avoids confusing them with what the Church does indeed call public revelation. This is standard Catholic theology, and in no way a novelty.
    Private Revelations and Discernment of Spirits –

  • Parasum

    ## Dante deplored the giddiness that leads to apparition-chasing almost 700 years ago – so the problem is not new. Apparition-chasing may be a result of poor instruction; if Catholics were properly fed, they would have solid food such as the Bible & the Creed to satisfy them, and would not run after wonders, most of which are fake.

  • EditorCT

    Just about EVERYTHING that is wrong in the Church right now is mandated by the Vatican – heavens they had a Vatican Council throw out the prohibition on praying with snake worshippers!  So no surprise there. But far from justifying the situation, the Vatican complicity only makes the scandal worse.

  • EditorCT

    You fail to make any distinction between fake apparitions and approved apparitions such as Fatima.  Every pope has spoken about Fatima as being a singular event in the history of the Church, with Pope John Paul II even going to far as to say that “Fatima places an obligation on the Church.” 

    And here’s another quote which you would do well to note: “a little learning is a dangerous thing”.  Quote Dante if you must, but don’t mis-apply his words. In this context, of the Church-approved Fatima apparitions, to talk about “apparition chasing” is to insult Our Lady and her Son. 

  • EditorCT

    You appear to be unable to see the distinction between a private revelation (say Our Lady appearing to you or me and giving a message which people are free to believe or reject) and a publicly verifiable apparition where 70,000 witness a miracle foretold to the very hour and the day.  Nothing “private” about that.

    It is unfortunate that the term “public revelation” is applied to the deposit of Faith which you rightly assert ended with the death of the last apostle.  However, it shouldn’t be too difficult to see that there has to be a clear difference between private revelations – such as the revelation to St Margaret Mary of the Sacred Heart Devotion – and the publicly affirmed Message of Fatima.  It is a mistake to take the term “public revelation” in a narrow literalist sense when it is reasonably easy for any person of average intelligence to make the distinction between the public revelation of the deposit of the Faith and a publicly affirmed apparition of Our Lady.

    I notice that your apparent insistence on accuracy with regard to defining apparitions is not applied to Church titles – you refer to “Blessed Julian of Norwich” who is neither beatified nor canonised.  A little consistency please!