Why The Economy of Francesco?
Francesco as the Saint of Assisi, an example par excellence of care for the least of the earth and for an integral ecology, and also as Pope Francis, who since Evangelii Gaudium and then in Laudato Sì, denounced the pathological state of so much of the world’s economy calling for a new economic model.
The Holy Father met with the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino and the economist Luigino Bruni, because of his genuine concern for the world. The idea of addressing the challenges of the economy, starting from the economic thought and action of young people, was supported enthusiastically by the Holy Father. This resulted in a call addressed to young economists and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Therefore, a committee was set up to plan the preparatory stages of the event, both at organizational and practical levels. The Diocese of Assisi, the Municipality of Assisi, the Seraphic Institute, the Economy of Communion and the Franciscan Families participate in this committee, with the support, on behalf of the Holy See, of the Department for the Service of Integral Human Development, which sponsors the initiative. The Department is represented by the Prefect Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson.
During this time of preparation, the organization has been welcoming requests and developing collaborations with the academic world, movements, associations and international institutions that have expressed their desire to be part of this process.
An international group of young economists, entrepreneurs, artists and communication experts is currently working with the participants – who have completed their registration in January 2020 – on the major topics, and also to design of the program of the upcoming event in November.