On Sunday, the religious leader used the COVID-19 pandemic to renew his criticisms of free-market capitalism.
"The fragility of world systems in the face of the pandemic has demonstrated that not everything can be resolved by market freedom," Francis wrote in part of a lengthy religious text. "To care for the world in which we live means to care for ourselves. Yet we need to think of ourselves more and more as a single family dwelling in a common home. Such care does not interest those economic powers that demand quick profits."
"In today's world, many forms of injustice persist, fed by… a profit-based economic model that does not hesitate to exploit, discard and even kill human beings," Francis lamented.