Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 05 August |
The Commemoration of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
home iconChurch
line break icon

WATCH: Pope Francis Denounces Unjust System that Sacrifices Farmers

soo hee kim / shutterstock

Aleteia - published on 04/05/16

The pope appeals for prayers for small farmers in a moving new video

As small farmers around the world live through turbulent economic times, Pope Francis has made a moving video appeal to overcome the injustice that condemns them to marginalization and poverty.

“This earth is a gift from God. It is not right to exploit it for the benefit of just a few, depriving the great majority of their rights and benefits,” he states, as the video presents contrasting images of the international financial markets.

The pope thanks every man and woman who cultivates the earth for their work, telling small farmers: “What you do is essential for the life of all.” He then assures them: “As a person, as a child of God, you deserve a decent life.”

In many countries farmers now face production prices that exceed the proceeds from the sale of their products. For many the situation has become dire. There have even been many cases of suicide in India.

The pope questions each farmer, asking: “How is your work compensated?”

The pontiff concludes his appeal by inviting every person to join in his prayer “that small farmers may receive just compensation for their invaluable work.”

“The Pope Video” (http://thepopevideo.org) is an initiative launched by Francis, in collaboration with the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which is present on every continent.

Tags:
Pope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Saint Mary of the Angels
Bret Thoman, OFS
All your sins will be forgiven if you go to a Franciscan church o...
2
Philip Kosloski
Most priests can’t absolve these sins
3
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
4
CARLO ACUTIS
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
5
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
6
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
Cerith Gardiner
Nightbirde’s beautiful message as she drops out of TV show
7
Gianmarco Tamberi AND Mutaz Essa Barshim
Cerith Gardiner
This Olympic event captures the true meaning of the Games
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.