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Pope warns benefactors: "We don't need dirty money"

Wed 02 Mar 2016
By Hannah Tooley

Pope Francis has warned benefactors that the Catholic Church does not want any money that comes from the exploitation of workers. 

The pontiff railed against employers who mistreat and underpay their workers during his general audience.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

 

So-called dirty money is a theme that the pope has frequently spoken out on, denouncing how the wealthy exploit the poor and working class for their own profit, sometimes subjecting workers to slave-like conditions.

Pope Francis told the crowd in St Peter's Square that when he thinks about church benefactors who offer donations that are "fruit of the blood" of exploited workers, he tells them: "Please, take your cheques back and burn them."

He concluded: "The people of God and the church don't need dirty money.

"They need hearts that are open to the mercy of God."

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

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