Pope Francis: Unemployment ‘damages the spirit’

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-ENCYCLICAL, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015 or RNS-POPE-JOBS, originally transmitted on August 19, 2015.

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 17, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-ENCYCLICAL, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015 or RNS-POPE-JOBS, originally transmitted on August 19, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis said one’s work life and spiritual life are closely linked: “The lack of work also damages the spirit, like a lack of prayer also damages practical activity.”

  • Betty Clermont

    The first outside financial consultant hired by this pope: a “guru from McKinsey & Co. to design that reform of the curia which everyone expects from Pope Francis.” (chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/)
    Cardinal Pell, head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy: “In terms of the financial reform … we also have a number of young people from McKinsey who are making a wonderful contribution and, I think, are happy to be part of this.” (www.cruxnow.com)
    “McKinsey might be the single greatest legitimizer of mass layoffs in history … The whole idea of corporate powerhouses laying off thousands of people during good times simply to juice profits – and, naturally, executive compensation – is something that McKinsey has definitely had a hand in as well … The origins of the pay gap – which now sits at an absurd 354-to-1 ratio – can arguably be traced to one McKinsey consultant (business.time.com)