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Universal Purpose of Created Things


God has given the fruit of the earth to sustain the entire human family “without excluding or favoring anyone.”

Human work has enhanced the productive capacity of the earth and in our time is, as Pope John Paul II said, “increasingly important as the productive factor both of non-material and of material wealth” (CA, no.31).

But a great many people, in the Third Word as well as in our own inner cities and rural areas, are still deprived of the means of livelihood. In moving toward an environmentally sustainable economy, we are obligated to work for a just economic system, which equitable shares the bounty of the earth and of human enterprise with all peoples.

Things belong not to the few, but to the entire human family.