Many years ago, we made a big step forward in the campaign on international debt when the Pope signed up, opening the way for Catholic churches around the world to come behind the Jubilee campaign.
Bono made it a meeting to remember when he handed the leader of the catholic faith worldwide his own sunglasses to wear, praising him as a funky Pope.
The co-operative movement worldwide has now received a boost from Pope Benedict XVI, who says co-operatives have “evangelical ideals” which make a valuable contribution to the community.
The Pope addressed a congregation of over 3,000 Italian co-operators gathered at the Vatican Basilica.
“Your worthy institutions have been present for a long time in Italian society and remain fully present,” he said. “They carry within themselves evangelical ideals and vitality that make them still able to offer a valuable contribution to the community.”