Pope Laments a 'Tired' Europe; Decries Joblessness

Sunday, 15 Jun 2014 04:17 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Europe for becoming what he called "tired" because of low birth rates and the increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study.

Francis delivered the harsh assessment as he visited an ancient Rome basilica in Trastevere, a traditionally working-class neighborhood that is also home to a Catholic organization, Sant'Egidio Community, whose volunteers help the elderly, immigrants and other needy.

Francis said Europe often "discards" both its elderly, by shunting them aside, and its young, by failing to provide work.

"A people which doesn't care for its elderly, which doesn't take care of its young people, is a people without a future, a people without hope," Francis said.

The pope said by helping both young and old, "you begin to renew society."

Editor’s Note: Do You Approve of Pope Francis? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

As he did earlier in the day, when he addressed tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square, Francis asked for others' prayers.

"You need to pray for me in overtime," Francis quipped.

Last week, Francis canceled two days of meetings after coming down with what the Vatican would only describe as a "mild" illness. He was back in the public eye Wednesday, appearing to hold up well in the hot, humid heat during his weekly audience.

Earlier Sunday, Francis announced he had accepted an invitation to go to Albania in September. In August, he flies to South Korea for events that include a jamboree with Catholic youths.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Defense Expert: Ukraine Can Win If US Provides Equipment It Wants

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 22:11 PM

The Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine could be defeated in as little as three weeks if the United States would supply the . . .

Jane Fonda: I'll Be Mad If Rupert Murdoch Acquires Time Warner

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 22:01 PM

Jane Fonda says she'll be "so angry" at federal regulators if they approve an acquisition of Time Warner by Rupert Murdo . . .

Computer Crash Causes Major Delays in US Passport and Visa Operations

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 21:56 PM

The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potential . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved