“People — not machines — are the value of work” – Pope Francis

He emphasized, “Work is legitimately important.” Because if it is true that work elevates man, it is even more true that work elevates man. We are what gives work its genuine value, not the machines.

Bishop Matthieu Rougé of the Diocese of Nanterre, France, read Francis’ message on the opening day of the Meeting of French Entrepreneurs, which took place at the Paris Longchamp Racecourse from August 28 to 29.

Rougé took part in a religious debate on the subject of “the sacred and the profane: faith in the future” on August 28 as part of the event’s schedule.

A philosopher and representatives of Islam and Judaism participated in the discussion. Also present was Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops of the Vatican.

Pope Francis said that, like many people today, the business world is dealing with issues like the conflict in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact.

Entrepreneurs endure hardships when their company experiences them, and they endure significant hardships when their company experiences financial difficulties and must close.

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