Employers who make business deals that threaten people’s livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.
“Whoever – because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all clear – closes factories and businesses and takes work away from men and women commits a grave sin,” the pope said before concluding his weekly general audience on 15th March.
The pope was speaking to a group of employees from Italy’s Sky television; several hundred employees risk losing their jobs after the company announced plans to move their Rome headquarters to Milan.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Sky Italia claimed the move was due to rising costs and an outdated digital infrastructure in Rome. Local workers’ unions have criticised the company’s decision that will force 300 workers to transfer from the capital while an estimated 200 employees will be left without a job.
Before the audience began, the pope circled St Peter’s Square in the popemobile, stopping along the way to kiss babies and wave to the thousands of pilgrims present.
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 15th March. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).