London (Agenzia Fides) - "Society is crying out for compassion in finance", says a message of congratulations sent to Pope Francis from the "Association of Christian Financial Advisers" (ACFA), based in London. The Association – explains in a statement sent to Fides - welcomes the election of the Pope " who celebrated his inaugural mass by speaking up on behalf of the poor."
The spokesman of the Association, Aidan Vaughan, notes in the message sent to Fides: "In calling for a Church for the poor, and defending the virtue of simplicity, His Holiness Pope Francis embraces the prayers of many who are calling for financial righteousness to be at the heart of society."
Vaughan appreciates Pope Francis’ inaugural speech and called for "all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life’ to be protectors of creation… ‘showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need."
" In Pope Francis it seems the Catholic Church has found a leader with a genuine heart for the needy who will speak up for justice" remarked Vaughan. ACFA aims to be the voice of Christian financial advice and champions best practice in the UK. ACFA continues to campaign against high interest rate loans, which it describes as a social evil" and calls political authorities of European countries "to help the poorest who have been hardest hit by spending cuts." (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/03/2013)