Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

'Where there is no work, there is no dignity,' pope says

While visiting the poverty-stricken region of Sardinia, Italy, a once-vibrant resort area now crippled with high unemployment, Pope Francis donned a hard hat while visiting a nearby mine. The pontiff offered words for hope for the area's poor, saying "Where there is no work, there is no dignity."

Speaking off the cuff to the huddled masses in Sardinia's capital, the pope told them he knew well what it was like to suffer from financial crisis.

Speaking off the cuff to the huddled masses in Sardinia's capital, the pope told them he knew well what it was like to suffer from financial crisis.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Sardinia, poverty, unemployment

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - His yellow helmet, emblazoned with the slogan "Welcome to Sardinia, Holiness," The Holy See denounced what he called big business's idolatry of money. Conferring with the Sardinians, some of whom wore hardhats from their no longer existent factory jobs, that economic problems were the result of a global economic system "that has at its center an idol called money."

Speaking off the cuff to the huddled masses in Sardinia's capital, the pope told them he knew well what it was like to suffer from financial crisis. Recalling his Italian parents, who immigrated to Argentina before he was born, he offered a view into his home life.

"My young father went to Argentina full of illusions of making it in America," Francis told the crowd at the start of a daylong visit to the island. "And he suffered the terrible crisis of the 1930s. They lost everything. There was no work."

Greeted by shouts of "Lavoro! Lavoro!" (Work! Work!), Francis called for a dignified employment for all.

Previously known for its pristine beaches and vacation homes, Sardinia has been particularly hard-hit by Italy's economic crisis. Businesses have closed, with more and more of the island's families forced to seek charity.

A local coal miner, participating in an underground sit-in to protest the planned closure of the mine, slashed his wrists on television last year.

Unemployment in Italy is at 12 percent, with youth unemployment at a staggering 39.5 percent. The figures in Sardinia is even worse. Unemployment is nearing 20 percent, with youth unemployment at 50 percent.

This is only the pope's second visit to an Italian city outside Rome. The first was to the isolated island of Lampedusa, where thousands of migrants come ashore each year. Noting the similarity, the pope said both islands were places of immense suffering but also hope.

"It's easy to say 'don't lose hope,'" he said. "But to all of you who have work, and to those who don't, let me tell you: Don't let yourselves be robbed of hope."

Francis later celebrated mass in the piazza outside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, the island's patron and namesake of Francis' native Buenos Aires.

Click here to learn about our Saint Michael the Archangel conference this Nov 1-3!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Living Faith

'I HAVE GIVEN YOU FULL WARNING.' Dark Days - Did Pope Francis just predict the END OF THE WORLD? Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has invoked Mark, Chapter 13 as a warning that we may be approaching the end times. He suggested that what he has seen appears to fit the end times as described by Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has warned that we could be in the ... continue reading

Unbelievable exorcisms: Why is everyone obsessed with them? Watch

Image of Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe in the presence of angels and demons (The Possession).


Despite the growing belief that religion is losing its influence, people continue to firmly believe in the necessity for exorcisms. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a Pew Research Survey, 68 percent of Americans believe angels and demons exist on Earth. ... continue reading

Come together this Thanksgiving with a beautiful prayer Watch

Image of Each year thousands of families celebrate Thanksgiving, but make the food their priority. This year, make God and all He has given us your priority.


Each year, millions of people across the United States rush to grocery stores and prepare to visit their families in celebration of Thanksgiving. Visiting loved ones and enjoying a specially prepared meal are both wonderful parts of celebrating, but don't forget to ... continue reading

Pope Francis: Jesus is weeping over a WORLD AT WAR

Image of Pope Francis mourns a world at war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has made it clear, Jesus is weeping over a world at war. It has become obvious that this is a time of extreme danger for all people around the globe. No population is safe from terror. The threats aren't just from terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al ... continue reading

Oxford to begin study of Catholic relics. Here are 5 macabre relics people venerate from around the world Watch

Image of The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas.


The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church has been one of the most debated practices in the faith. While such veneration is actually common in the human experience -even Communists did it with the body of Lenin, the veneration of relics in the Church is the ... continue reading

Nine bishops, one abbot, dine and dialogue with peace activists Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, decided to skip dinner at the downtown Marriott Waterfront hotel, and walked several blocks to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with about 30 peace ... continue reading

Woman turns her cancer over to Jesus Christ - survives, thrives Watch

Image of Heather King shares her struggles in her new memoir,

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Heather King never cared much for doctors. Los Angeles, CA (CNA) - It's an attitude she partly inherited from her mother, "who classified ginger ale as a medicine, considered Novocain a snobbish extravagance" and somehow managed to avoid a visit to the doctor's office ... continue reading

Top 5 ways to find joy Watch

Image of Find happiness in spite of the darkness.


It is easy to fall prey to depression and sadness with everything that has been going on in the world these days. The trick to maintaining a positive attitude and living in the joy God has for us is as easy as following five simple steps. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent Watch

Image of What millions of Christians do a day after expressing thanks for what they already have.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent. We Christians have gone out of our minds, arguing about Starbucks cups and greeters who (correctly) say "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas." In all the bustle of the season, we have forgotten that Advent ... continue reading

The one easy thing you can do everyday that will profit your faith

Image of Reading Catholic Online every day can provide you with the Catholic outlook on the world you need.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is one thing you can do every day that will profit you in many ways. It requires no work and the most minimal effort. It will inform you, inspire you, and ignite your passions. That thing is to visit Catholic Online every day. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 01, 2015
  • Opium, heroin or cocaine: What drug is YOUR country known for?
  • Christmas Presence vs. Presents
  • Parents' Prayer For Their Children HD Video
  • Prayer For Faith HD Video
  • 'Body lifted from the ground': Young Central American woman dies ...
  • St. Eligius: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10
1 A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
1 [Of Solomon] God, endow the king with your own fair judgement, the son ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 1st, 2015 Image

St. Eligius
December 1: Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 ... Read More