December 13, 2013
Pope Francis on International Labour Day: 'If people have no job, society is not fair'
On the International Labour Day, Pope Francis issued a message against “selfish profit” economic rules as Europe plunges into historic unemployment rates. The Pontiff also voiced concern about slave work and human trafficking.
“When society is organized in such way that not everybody has the possibility to work, that society is not fair,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church affirmed during a mass he presided over prior to his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
“I think about everyone, not only about young people, who are unemployed often because of an economic conception of society that seeks selfish profit outside the bounds of social justice,” ex Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio insisted and urged world leaders to promote job creation.
Following the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh that resulted in hundreds killed, Pope Francis also condemned slave labor conditions and human trafficking.