May 13, 2013

Pope Francis called for an end to slave labour and human trafficking as well as greater efforts to create dignified work for more people.

The problem of unemployment is “very often caused by a purely economic view of society, which seeks self-centred profit, outside the bounds of social justice,” he said, marking the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker during his weekly general audience.

He urged those at the audience “to encourage those in public office to spare no effort to give new impetus to employment.

This means caring for the dignity of the person.”

The pope touched on the same theme during the homily at his early morning Mass, before a congregation of unwed teenage mothers and their children.

The pope said when society is organized in such a way that it cannot offer people an opportunity to work, “there is something wrong with that society: It is not right! It goes against God himself, who wanted our dignity to begin with (work).”