In a letter to Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, dated 6 November 2014, Pope Francis made the following statement. The Pope’s reference to “less evident” forms of aggression – in the context of the G20’s considerations – could have been an implicit reference to concerns expressed about military activity in various parts of the world.
“ The international community, and in particular the G20 Member States, should also give thought to the need to protect citizens of all countries from forms of aggression that are less evident but equally real and serious.
“ I am referring specifically to abuses in the financial system such as those transactions that led to the 2008 crisis, and more generally, to speculation lacking political or judicial constraints and the mentality that maximization of profits is the final criterion of all economic activity. …. A mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded will never achieve peace or justice. ”