Pope’s quotes: Lack of work

A quote from Pope Francis:

“The spread of precariousness, illegal work and organized crime, especially among the younger generations, ensure that the lack of work robs dignity and obstructs the fullness of human life. This demands an immediate and vigorous response.

… Offering support, not only of an economic nature, to those below the poverty line, who have increased in number in Italy in recent years, can bring benefits to all of society. At the same time, those who yesterday lived a dignified life must be prevented from slipping into poverty. It takes very little these days to become poor: the loss of a job, an elderly relative who is no longer self-sufficient, sickness in the family, or even -- think of this terrible paradox -- the birth of a child. It is an important cultural battle, that of ensuring that welfare is considered to be the infrastructure of development rather than a cost. You can act as a coordinator and motor for the 'alliance against poverty,' which proposes the development of a national plan for decent and dignified work.”

-- Audience with members of the Christian Associations of Italian Workers, May 23, 2015

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