Keep your “dirty money” to yourself – Pope Francis

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Pope of the Catholic Church has made it known that God is not interested in ill-gotten monies. He has advised the people to keep their dirty money to themselves and stop bringing part of it to church as a way of trying to calm their conscience. The pope further explained dirty money as money gotten from the abuse of low-paid workers.

“Some benefactors of the Church come forward with their donation, ‘take this for the Church,’ but this offering is the fruit of the blood of so many exploited, mistreated, enslaved, underpaid people! I will say to them: ‘Please take your money away, burn it’,” he said.

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The pope made this known on Wednesday while speaking to the General Audience. He uttered his words with a raised voice in evident irritation. He made it known that money is the careless beginning of evil. He further condemned the obsession for money and advised the people to turn their hearts to God.

“The people of God… do not need dirty money, they need hearts that are open to God’s mercy,” he said.

Though the Pope encourages people to get involved in alms-giving as it is good work, he told them that offerings made from hands soiled with the blood of one’s brothers is not acceptable.

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“It is necessary to draw closer to God with hands cleansed, avoiding evil and practicing good and justice. Cease doing evil. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.”

After the admonition, the pope made it known that should there be anyone who is corrupt at heart, now is the time to turn around and turn their heart to god. “though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they may become white as wool.” He said.

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