Pope Francis: ‘When I see people without work, it makes me sad’

Pope Francis caresses a child during his weekly general audience, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Pope Francis is denouncing a global labor market that is interested only in profit and warning that unemployment causes enormous damage to society and families. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

(Curtsy – Catholic Herald.UK) During his general audience, Francis said that work gives dignity to the family

Pope Francis has said that unemployment upsets him, during his General Audience this morning.

Addressing his audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis said: “It makes me sad, when I see people without work, who do not find work and haven’t the dignity of bringing bread home – and it cheers me when I see that political leaders make great efforts to find jobs and to seek to make sure that everyone has a job.”

He continued: “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family: we must pray that work be not lacking in any family.”

During his catechesis on the dignity of work, the Pope said that employment was not simply about profit.

He said: “God has given Christian families the challenge and mission to make present the foundations of his creation: a true understanding of the identity of man and woman and the bond they share, their call to bring children into the world, and the gift of work in making the world ever more fruitful and hospitable.”

“Through work,” he added, “the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life.”

The Pope concluded by praying: “May God help us to embrace this call in joy and hope, especially amidst the many challenges we face today.”

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