Pontiff: Workers Are Priority in Crisis

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has affirmed that in the midst of the economic crisis, “priority should be given to workers and their families.”

The Pope affirmed this Sunday when he greeted various language groups after praying the midday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

Addressing a group of Italian-speaking workers from the Fiat factory, he said, “I want to express my encouragement to authorities, both political and civil, and also to businessmen, so that with the participation of everyone this delicate moment can be faced.”

Referring to other regions with “equal difficulties,” the Holy Father said, “I unite myself to the bishops and the respective local Churches to express my closeness to the affected families, and I entrust them in prayer to the protection of Most Holy Mary, and St. Joseph, patron of workers.”

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