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In an address in Rome to participants of the World Congress of Accountants, Pope Francis reminded accountants that their work is a service to the community and encouraged accountants to use this perspective, along with their creativity, to tackle the urgent problems facing society.

The pontiff highlighted the importance of providing opportunities for dignified work. “The current economic climate makes the issue of work even more pressing. Given your professional vantage point, you are fully aware of the dramatic reality faced by so many people whose employment is precarious, or have lost their job, of so many families who are affected by that, of so many young people in search of their first job and of decent work,” Francis said.

“So everyone—but especially those in a profession that deals with the proper functioning of the economic life of a country—is required to play a positive, constructive role in the course of their daily work, bearing in mind that behind every document, there is a story, there are faces.

“Those who work in various positions in the economy and finance are called on to make choices in favor of the social and economic wellness of humanity as a whole, giving everybody the opportunity to realize their own development.”

Francis encouraged accountants to go beyond their immediate duty by helping people in difficulty and to use “the creativity that enables them to find solutions in situations of deadlock to assert the cause of human dignity over the inflexibility of bureaucracy.”

Solidarity was the central theme of the address, and the pontiff urged the congregation to keep that value alive.

“I encourage you to always act responsibly, fostering relationships based on loyalty, justice, and, where possible, fraternity, tackling with courage, above all, the problems of the weakest and the poorest,” Francis said.

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