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).