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The Economy of Francesco 

"Is one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it" (Pope Francis Inventation Letter 2019).

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The Economy of Francesco (the economy of Francis) is a congress on sustainability to be held in Assisi (Italy) from 19 to 21 November 2020. Participants will include prominent experts on various aspects of sustainability, 500 young entrepreneurs and economists, and Pope Francis. The organizer of the congress is the Convent of Franciscan Minorites.
 
As things stand at present, the speakers and discussion partners include Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, promoter of the microfinance idea, Swiss economist and happiness researcher Bruno S. Frey, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, sustainability researcher Kate Raworth and Tony Meloto, initiator of a Philippine poverty reduction program.
 
The title of the Congress, The Economy of Francesco, refers to the founder of the Order, Francis of Assisi, whose radical commitment to poverty and his love for creation are intended to symbolize the objectives of the Congress. At the same time, this motto also reflects the attitude and objectives of Pope Francis on economic issues, who sees in Francis of Assisi "a prime example of concern for the weak and a holistic ecology" Francis has proclaimed on several occasions, for example in the encyclical letter Laudato si', that the fate of the planet depends on a new form of economy. According to Pope Francis, the foundations for a new economic model should be solidarity and equality.
 
The aim of the congress is to bring together people who, in research and practice, are seeking alternative economic approaches and an economy "that lives and does not kill, that includes and does not exclude". The three-day congress should also include reflection and silence, art and spirituality. 
 
Well-known economists and social activists are expected as speakers at the congress, who have confirmed their participation as keynote speakers. The planned presence of the Pope was also confirmed.
LETTER BY POPE FRANCIS FOR THE EVENT “ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO” IN ASSISI To Young Economists and Entrepreneurs Worldwide
I am writing to invite you to take part in an initiative very close to my heart. An event that will allow me to encounter young men and women studying economics and interested in a different kind of economy: one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it. An event that will help bring us together and allow us to meet one another and eventually enter into a “covenant” to change today’s economy and to give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.
LETTER BY POPE FRANCIS FOR THE EVENT Eco[...]
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