VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday urged Christian financial and political leaders to base their decisions on the Bible, taking the unusual step of writing an editorial for the Financial Times.
"It is in the Gospel that Christians find inspiration for their daily lives and their involvement in worldly affairs - be it in the Houses of Parliament or the Stock Exchange," the pope said in the article, which was requested by the London-based newspaper and was distributed by the Vatican press office.
"Christians shouldn't shun the world, they should engage with it," he said.
He had a word of warning for the City, however, saying that Jesus Christ himself had cautioned against "the relentless pursuit of wealth".
The pope also hinted at two issues close to his heart: the need for more morality in the world of finance and for laws that respect Christian ethics.
"When Christians refuse to bow down before the false gods proposed today, it is not because of an antiquated world-view," he wrote.
"Rather, it is because they are free from the constraints of ideology and inspired by such a noble vision of human destiny that they cannot collude with anything that undermines it," he said.