Vatican City, 12 January, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis prayed on Wednesday for workers “crushed by an unbearable burden” amid the COVID-19 recession.
At his Jan. 12 general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the pope asked for a moment’s silence for workers who took their lives after losing their jobs amid the pandemic.
“Many young people, many fathers and mothers, experience the ordeal of not having a job that allows them to live tranquilly, they live from day to day. And how often the search for work becomes so desperate that it drives them to the point of losing all hope and the desire to live,” he said.
“In these times of pandemic, many people have lost their jobs — we know this — and some, crushed by an unbearable burden, reached the point of taking their own lives. I would like to remember each of them and their families today.”
“Let us take a moment of silence, remembering these men, these women, who are desperate because they cannot find work.”