In a visit to the struggling Italian island of Sardinia, Pope Francis attacked the global economic system. During his visit, he met with unemployed workers, including miners and stated that “without work there is no dignity.” He also ask for God to “give us work and teach us to fight for work.”
In a candid assessment, the Pontiff discussed the rights of workers and the personal devastation caused by joblessness. He included a personal sentiment and discussed how his own family had to emigrate from Italy to Argentina and lost everything during the Great Depression.
Sardinia is known for it’s coast and idyllic beaches, exclusive resorts and seaside palatial residences of some of the world’s richest people. This has included global leaders to Hollywood celebrities. However, the island’s large cities and the vast agricultural and industrial interior, have been blighted by the economic crisis, with factories being closed and mines operating at low capacity. The island’s capital, Cagliari, has an astonishing rate of youth unemployment at 51%.
In his closing remarks, The Holy Father made it very clear that this problem was not unique to Italy or even Europe. He stated that a global economic system based on the”idolatry of money” will lead to more suffering and pain around the world.
Watch a report on the Pope’s visit to Sardinia in the video below.