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Economic solutions need broader vision, pope tells G-20 leaders


  • Men carry trousers to a local market in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 21. In a message sent to world leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7-8, Pope Francis said they must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community, not just their own countries. (CNS photo/Abir Abdullah, EPA)
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the plenary session of the the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July, 7. In a message sent to world leaders attending the meeting, Pope Francis said they must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community, not just their own countries.(CNS photo/Felipe Tueba, EPA)
  • A woman in Nairobi, Kenya, walks past a board with foreign exchange rates June 12. In a message sent to world leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7-8, Pope Francis said they must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community, not just their own countries. (CNS photo/Daniel Irungu, EPA)
  • Bird collectors and traders sit at a coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2. In a message sent to world leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7-8, Pope Francis said they must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community, not just their own countries. (CNS photo/Luong Thai Linh, EPA)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- World leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community and not just their own countries, Pope Francis said.

While it is reasonable that the G-20 is limited to a "small number of countries that represent 90 percent of the production of wealth and services worldwide," a multilateral approach in solving economic problems must be made "for the benefit of all," the pope said.

The pope's message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, host of the July 7-8 leaders' summit, was dated June 29 and released July 7 at the Vatican.

"Those states and individuals whose voice is weakest on the world political scene are precisely the ones who suffer most from the harmful effects of economic crises for which they bear little or no responsibility," the papal message said.

"This great majority, which in economic terms counts for only 10 percent of the whole, is the portion of humanity that has the greatest potential to contribute to the progress of everyone," he said.

The members of the G-20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

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