> ANSA English > News

Pope says unemployed 'at risk of social exclusion'

Jobs not just for profit but for human dignity says Francis

20 March, 12:35
Pope says unemployed 'at risk of social exclusion' (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 20 - The unemployed are at risk of social exclusion, Pope Francis said Thursday at an audience with workers from the troubled Tk-Ast steel mill in Terni, central Italy.

Work does not just have "economic and profit ends," Francis said, but "affects human dignity".

Those who are "under-employed or unemployed risk becoming a victim of social exclusion," the pontiff told a delegation from the plant and other factories in the Umbrian city on the 130th anniversary of the foundation of Terni's steelworks.

Francis has frequently criticised the ill effects of global capitalism since becoming pope a year ago.