What Is the Root of All Social Evil? The Pope Weighs In…

Just one day after he made history by canonizing Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, Pope Francis took to Twitter to reveal what he believes to be “the root of social evil.” His answer? Inequality.

The pontiff’s short, seven-word tweet didn’t come along with any context or explanation, but its central theme falls in line with his past comments about inequality and poverty.

The message follows a separate tweet Pope Francis sent Saturday, affirming that every individual must realize the responsibility he or she has to help those in need.

“None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice,” wrote Pope Francis.

As TheBlaze’s Becket Adams reported last year, the pontiff rebuked the culture of profit at any cost when he issued a 224-page mission statement for his papacy, saying that mankind is called first to care for his neighbor and the poor.

“Money must serve, not rule!” read Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), the second major teaching document issued by Francis. “The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor.”