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Caritas at World Economic Forum in Davos

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos brings together business leaders, politicians and heads of state, with artists, academics, religious leaders, and other civil society representatives.

Caritas Internationalis Secretary-General Lesley-Anne Knight will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos 27 to 31 January, urging for a reshaping of global institutions and structures to put ethics, values and respect for the human person into international financial systems.

Lesley-Anne Knight said, “The morality of a society can be judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable members. Catholic social values promote a preferential option for the poor, prioritising the hungry, the weak, the marginalised and persecuted.

“Charity – caritas – is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine, but it is inseparable from the concept of justice. You cannot make a gift of something that justice demands a person should already have.”

Read a World Economic Forum report on values for the Post Crisis Economy in which Lesley-Anne Knight has contributed (page 33).