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    On February 5, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of economists and Finance Ministers that had gathered together for a seminar on "New Forms of Solidarity Towards fraternal Inclusion, Integration and Innovation." During his speech, the pope addressed the economy, sin and finance, and he also called for wealth distribution in order to alleviate poverty. “The world is rich and yet the poor increase around us,” he said. “If extreme poverty exists in the midst of wealth (also extreme) it is because we have allowed the gap to widen to become the largest in history.”The pope says it's a "fact" the poor have only grown poorer while the rich continue to get richer – is this really true? Can poverty really be alleviated through wealth redistribution? Acton’s president and co-founder, Rev. Robert Sirico, comes on to the podcast to answer.

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