Vatican, October 17, 2011: Pope Benedict XVI called for new ways of doing business, in keeping with the dignity of workers and their families, during an October 15 address to promoters of Catholic social doctrine.
“Family and work are privileged places for the construction of the vocation of man, collaborating in the creative work of God today,” he told the “Fondazione Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice,” a Vatican-based lay organization that spreads the Church’s social teaching around the world.
Its members met in Rome for a two-day conference on the relationship between family and business.
In his speech to the foundation, the Pope recalled how the Second Vatican Council “spoke of the family in terms of the domestic church, an ‘untouchable sanctuary’ where the person matures in affection, solidarity and spirituality.”
“The economy with its laws must always consider the interests and the protection of this primary cell of society,” the Pope noted.
His comments coincide with important anniversaries in the history of Catholic social teaching. Pope Leo XIII published the first modern encyclical on the topic, “Rerum Novarum,” 120 years ago in 1891.
Meanwhile, 2011 also marks 30 years since Blessed John Paul II’s family-centered apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio,” and two decades since he addressed economic questions in the encyclical “Centessimus Annus”
Pope Benedict said that although “great changes have taken place in the world” since the days of Leo XIII, the Church “always promotes the human person and the family, in their context in life, even in business.”
He stressed the economy’s need for good families, observing that “it is primarily in the family that we learn the right attitude for living in society,” including the “world of work, economics, business.”
In these fields, he said, values from family life help people to be “led by charity, the logic of generosity, solidarity and responsibility for one another.”
Pope Benedict recognized that the present economic crisis has hit families hard. He highlighted his 2009 encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” as a guide to building a more humane society and economy, based on “a new harmonious synthesis between family and work.”
“It is not the task of the Church to define the ways to tackle the crisis,” the Pope acknowledged.
But Christians, formed by the Church’s teaching, have a duty “to denounce evil, to testify and to keep alive the values that underpin human dignity and to promote those forms of solidarity that promote the common good,” helping humanity become “more and more the family of God.”
- cna / ewtn news
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Skills of Outstanding Leaders – Mac Hammond
It’s one thing to have a vision. It’s another thing to have a sound strategy for making that vision a reality. Some leaders have the God-given ability to break an exciting vision into achievable steps, so an organization can march intentionally toward the actualization of their mission.
A vision is powerful. It compels action. But people need to know how you plan to make it a reality. In the Old Testament, we read about a group of strategic leaders. We are told they had a keen understanding of the times that enabled Israel to know what to do.
My question of the day for you is, “Do you have a sound strategy for implementing your vision?”
The Mission Message – Mac Hammond
What is your business or organization all about? Can you articulate “the message” in a single sentence? Can your staff? When every member of your organization can tell a total stranger what you are all about in a few concise sentences, you’ll have a unified core of workers focusing their efforts on a single long-term goal.
But that can’t happen if you don’t cast the vision. The Bible says, where there is no vision the people are unrestrained. One of God’s keys to organizational growth is making sure you’ve put the vision before the people you’re leading.
So the question is, “Have you?”
Business & Educational Loans To Minorities:
Recently, a prominent newspaper reported that a state-funded body, Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation must disburse Rs. 40 crores in small loans to minorities by march 2008. The Corporation in funded by the Government of Maharashtra as well as the Central Government. Our enquiries revealed that the scheme is especially designed to meet the financial needs of minorities (including christians) for business / self employment as well as higher education. Here is some brief information on it:
Any body who has passed class 4 can apply for a loan: Rs. 5 lakh as term loan for business & Rs. 3 lakh for higher education.
Interest rate range between 3 to 5 percent, which are much lower than the current market rate of 9 to 12%.
For higher education purposes, the the entire amount applied for will be disbursed (upto a maximun of Rs. 3 lakh). In the case of term loans. 90% of amount applied for will be disbursed (upto a maximum of Rs. 5 lakh).
It seems to be a great opportunity for Christian students and small-scale businesses/self employed persons requiring finance, and further details may be obtained from:
|Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation
Old Customs House, Near Asiatic Library
Ballard Estate, Mumbai
Tel: 2267 2293 / 2265 3080
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