Pontiff Praises Bankers Studying Encyclical

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent words of encouragement to a group of leaders of the financial sector in London who participated in a private seminar to study “Caritas in Veritate.”

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The seminar today at Schroders Bank was organized by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster. It considered “Leadership in the Financial Sector; A Moral and Spiritual Challenge.”

A message sent via the Pope’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, affirmed the Holy Father “is gratified to learn that leading figures in the world of finance are responding to the challenge to explore ways of building ‘authentically human social relationships of friendship, solidarity and reciprocity’ within economic activity.”

The Pontiff also expressed encouragement to always “promote the integral human development that is rooted in a transcendent vision of the person.”

Among those attending the seminar were chairmen and CEOs from various banks and investment groups.

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