Washington, 30 January, 2022 / 12:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis encouraged workers to turn to St. Joseph for guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, during an audience at the Vatican on Saturday.
“[T]he crisis can be approached as an opportunity to grow together in solidarity and quality of work,” he said as he met with members of the Italian Association of Leather Chemists. “May the example and intercession of St. Joseph help you not to give in to discouragement, to make creative use of your talents and your great experience in order to move forward and open up new paths.”
Pope Francis expressed his closeness — and that of the Catholic Church — to workers during what he called a “very complex economic and social crisis.”
“Many men and women workers and families are living in difficult situations, aggravated by the pandemic,” he said. “But the pandemic cannot and must not become an alibi to justify omissions in justice or security.”
He recommended concrete action: to join “the wisdom of the elderly and the enthusiasm of the young.”