Pope Francis Called on Politicians to Create Jobs so that Economies Can Relaunch

Αssociated Press

Pope Francis salutes faithful as he arrives for the Angelus noon prayer he delivers from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug.2, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on politicians to create jobs so that economies can relaunch from the lockdowns imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The pope, speaking after the traditional Sunday blessing, said that ‘’without work, families and society cannot go forward. Let us pray for this, because this will be a problem in the post-pandemic period, the poverty and the lack of jobs. It requires lots of solidarity and lots of creativity to resolve this problem.’’

The pontiff also wished the faithful ’’some days of rest, and contact with nature, to recharge also in the spiritual dimension.”

The pope’s remarks follow a week in which officials released statistics showing a record plunge in both the U.S. and eurozone economies.