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Felipe Witchger founded and co-leads the Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative, in Washington, D.C.. He also co-convenes U.S. gatherings of the Economy of Francesco.

Pope Francis is not the first: Pope Benedict XVI also called for a “civil economy,” in his encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.” (Retired Pope Benedict XVI being greeted by Pope Francis on June 28, 2016. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Felipe Witchger
The pope’s gathering of economists in Assisi next month is part of a long process of establishing a new economic model that goes beyond financial self-interest, writes the social entrepreneur Felipe Witchger.