Following the call of Pope Francis since 2019, more than 1,000 young people gathered in Assisi (Italy) from September 22 to 24 to reflect on a new form of economy. The Eof concept (Economy of Francesco) is an international movement of young economists, entrepreneurs and changemakers engaged in a process of inclusive dialogue and young, dynamic global change, evolving towards a new economy. Alongside these young people from all continents, ICYCW participated in the Catholic Inspired Organizations (CIO) account.
The opening session took place at the Lyric Theater of Assisi on September 22 at 9:30 am. It consisted of psychologically preparing the participants for the context of the event. There were performances by musicians and most importantly, testimonies from young people around the world (Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Afghanistan, France etc.). In turn, they explained the difficult conditions that hinder their development and affect their existence, particularly in Colombia. For the others, it was an opportunity to share with others their way of living the Economy of Francis in their socio-professional life.
CLOSING SESSION (ENCOUNTER WITH POPE FRANCIS)
The closing session was essentially a conversation with His Holiness Pope Francis on September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Triumphantly welcomed, the Pope said he was very happy to finally find his young people since the call launched since May 2019. After listening to testimonies from young people from Kenya, Benin, Brazil, Afghanistan, Thailand and many others, he gave a speech full of lessons. We retain his conclusion with the 03 great advice to the participants whom they consider to be apostles of the new economy following St Francis of Assisi:
- Along with your head and your heart, use your hands to change the economy.
- Do not forget work and workers, create good work for all.
- Look at the world with the eyes of the poorest.
Following this teaching, the Pope signed the final pact with the youngest of the participants (from Thailand).