Pope: Inequality ‘Root of Social Evil’

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 27:  Pope Francis, waves to pilgrims gathered in St Peters Square, following the Canonisation Mass in which John Paul II and John XXIII are to be declared saints on April 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Dignitaries, heads of state and Royals from Europe and across the World are to attend the canonisations.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Has Pope Francis been reading Thomas Piketty? The pontiff tweeted Monday: “Inequality is the root of social evil.” In the past, Pope Francis has spoken out against economic systems that reinforce inequality, saying last year that “there was the promise that once the glass had become full it would overflow and the poor would benefit. But what happens is that when it's full to the brim, the glass magically grows, and thus nothing ever comes out for the poor.” While right-wing American critics have been quick to criticize the pope for his economic remarks, his words appear to resonate with the masses. More than 5,000 people have retweeted the statement within three hours.

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