Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Sunday!
Address of Pope Francis
1 October 2017
(Original in Italian, translation provided by Google)
I greet all of you who belong to the world of work, in the variety of its expressions. Unfortunately, there is also the negative one, that is, the difficult, sometimes distressing, situation of lack of work. Thank you for your welcome!
You are represented by different social partners, often in the midst of bitter questions, but you have learned that only together can one get out of the crisis and build the future. Only dialogue and mutual competences can make it possible to find effective and innovative responses for everyone, including the quality of work, in particular the indispensable welfare . That's what some call the "Emilia system". Try to carry it forward. There is a need for stable solutions and able to help look to the future to meet the needs of people and families.
In your territory a cooperative experience has been developed for a long time, which is born of the fundamental value of solidarity. Today it still has a lot to offer, even to help many who are in trouble and need that "social elevator" which according to some would be completely out of use. We never plead for solidarity with the logic of financial profit, also because that's how we take it away - I might say we rob it - to the weaker ones who need it so much. Seeking a more just society is not a dream of the past but a commitment, a job that everyone needs today.
The situation of youth unemployment and that of many who have lost their jobs and are unable to re-enter are realities that we can not get used to, as if they were just statistics. And this is the temptation.
Welcoming and struggling with poverty are largely through work. It does not offer real help to the poor without finding work and dignity. This is the challenging challenge, as in the years of rebuilding after the war, which so much poverty had left. The recent "Work Pact", which has seen all social partners, and even the Church, sign a common commitment to help find stable answers, not alms, is an important method that I hope can give the fruits hoped for.
The economic crisis has a European and global dimension; and, as we know, it is also an ethical, spiritual and human crisis. At the root there is a betrayal of the common good by both individuals and power groups. It is therefore necessary to remove the centrality of the law of profit and assign it to the person and to the common good. But because this centrality is real, effective, and not just proclaimed in words, it is necessary to increase the opportunities for decent work. This is a task that belongs to the whole society: at this stage in particular, the whole social body, in its various components, is called upon to make every effort because work, which is the primary factor of dignity, is a central concern.
Here we are in front of San Petronio, remembered as Pater et Protector and always pictured with the city on his hands. From here we physically see three constituent aspects of your city: the Church, the Commune and the University. When they communicate and collaborate, they reinforce the precious humanism they express and the city - so to say - "breathes", has a horizon, and is not afraid to face the challenges that arise. I encourage you to appreciate this humanism that you are depositary to look for wise and far-sighted solutions to the complex problems of our time, seeing them as a difficulty, but also as opportunities for growth and improvement. And what I say is true for Italy as a whole and for the whole of Europe.
Dear friends, I am particularly close, putting in the hands of the Lord and of the Madonna di San Luca all your worries and concerns. To you, so venerated by all the Bolognese, we now turn to the Angelus prayer .
The Holy Father’s Address
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good Sunday!
I greet you all that belong to the world of labor in the variety of its expressions. Among these, unfortunately, there is a negative one, namely, the difficult and at times anguishing situation of the lack of work. Thank you for your welcome!
You represent different social sectors, often in harsh dispute among themselves, but you have learned that that you can only come out of the crisis and build the future together. Dialogue alone, in mutual competencies, can make it possible to find effective and innovative answers for all, including on the quality of work, in particular, indispensable welfare. It’s what some call the “Emilia system.” Try to carry it forward. There is need for stable solutions capable of helping to look at the future to answer the needs of persons and families.
The cooperative experience has been developed for a long time in your territory, which is born of the fundamental value of solidarity. It still has much to offer today, also to help the many who are in difficulty and are in need of that “social elevator” that, according to some, would be altogether out of use. Let’s never bend solidarity to the logic of financial profit, also because this way we take it – I could say rob it – from the weakest that are so in need of it. To seek a more just society is not a dream of the past but a commitment, a job, which today is in need of all.
The situation of youth unemployment, and that of so many who have lost their job and are unable to reinsert themselves, are realities we can’t grow used to, treating them as if there were mere statistics.
Hospitality and the fight against poverty pass to a great extent through work. True help is not offered to the poor without their being able to find work and dignity. This is the exciting challenge, as in the years of reconstruction after the War, which left so much poverty. The recent “Pact for Work,” which has seen all the social sectors, and also the Church, sign a common commitment to help one another in the search for stable answers, not alms, is an important method that I hope will be able to give the expected fruits.
The economic crisis has a European and global dimension. And, as we know, it’s also an ethical, spiritual and human crisis. At the root is a betrayal of the common good, be it by individuals be it by groups of power. Therefore, it’s necessary to take away centrality from the law of profit and assign it to the person and the common good. However, for this centrality to be real, effective and not only proclaimed in words, it’s necessary to increase the opportunities of fitting work. This is a task that belongs to the entire society: in this phase, in a special way, the whole social body in its various components, is called to make every effort so that work, which is the primary factor of dignity, is a central concern.
We find ourselves here before Saint Petronius, remembered as Pater and Protector, and depicted always with the city in his hands. From here we see physically three constitutive aspects of your city: the Church, the Municipality and the University. When they dialogue and cooperate among themselves, a beautiful humanism is reinforced, which they express, and the city – so to speak – “breathes,” it has a horizon, and is not afraid to address the challenges that present themselves. I encourage you to enhance its value, of which you are recipients, to seek wise and farsighted solutions to the complex problems of our time, seeing them, yes, as difficulties, but also as opportunities for growth and improvement. And what I say is true for Italy as a whole and for the whole of Europe.
Dear friends, I’m particularly close to you, putting in the hands of the Lord and of Our Lady of Saint Luke all your anxieties and concerns. To Her, so venerated by all the people of Bologna, we now turn with the prayer of the Angelus.
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by Virginia M. Forrester