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In Assisi, a papal anti-Davos will usher in “The economy of Francesco”
Assisi, Umbria, Itália – Henry Tricks
THE MEDIEVAL town of Assisi rises above vineyards and olive groves in Italy’s fertile region of Umbria. Its shops sell the finest local wines, oils and truffles. It is sometimes hard to imagine that Saint Francis, Italy’s patron saint, who is buried beneath the basilica, started a mendicant holy order here. The town evokes a genteel prosperity, not poverty.
It is here, in March 2020, that Pope Francis will host a gathering of students, academics and socially conscious entrepreneurs. They will draw up what the dark-robed friars of Assisi’s Sacred Convent hope will be a magna carta for a new type of economy: one that reproduces the small-scale market economy and social harmony of Assisi. “The economy of Francesco” will be named in homage to the nature-loving saint (…)
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