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'Give the unemployed their hope back'

Pope Francis gestures during his weekly general audience in St. Peter''s square at Vatican.

During his weekly general audience at the St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Pope Francis called to "give the unemployed their hope back." World "crisis" and "squandering" are to blame for leaving millions without jobs, the pontiff said.

Francis’ message comes following a video he received earlier this week by a group of Italian workers from the Lucchini steelworks company that closed its doors, prompting the layoff of 1,500 people.

“I have been touched, I have been left very sad (by the video). In their faces there was sadness and the worrying of fathers who have not only lost their right to work but to the dignity of putting the bread on the table for their children,” the Argentine pope was quoted by the Efe news agency.

Amid austerity measures defended by the European leadership as the wayout to the crisis, the first Latin American pontiff in history urged “all the responsible to make all the possible efforts of creativity and generosity to give hope back to these brothers and all the unemployed that the crisis and the squandering have left.”

“Please, open your eyes, don’t remain with your arms crossed,” Francis prayed for at the Vatican today.

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Tags:  Pope Francis  unemployed  crisis  Europe  austerity  Italy  Lucchini  





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