In a video message, Pope Francis spoke to businessmen participating in the IDEA colloquium. “You cannot live on subsidies,” said the highest authority of the Catholic Church. The Supreme Pontiff defended work as a source of dignity for people.
During the 57th Colloquium of IDEA, which takes place this week, the Pontiff left a message in favor of the generation of genuine work. “Several times I have referred to the noble vocation of the entrepreneur who creatively seeks to produce wealth and diversify production, while making it possible to create jobs,” he said. Because I will not tire of referring to the dignity of work, what gives dignity is work. Those who do not have a job feel that something is missing, the dignity that work gives, that it anoints with dignity, “he added.
“Some have made me say things that I do not support. That I propose a life without effort or that I despise the culture of work. Imagine if that can be said of a descendant of Piedmontese who did not come to our country with the desire to be supported but with a huge desire to roll up their sleeves to build a future for their family -he remarked-. It’s funny, they didn’t put the money in the bank, the migrants, but rather bricks and land. The house, first, they looked forward, towards the family. Family investment ”, he said.
“Work expresses and fosters the dignity of the human being. It allows you to develop the capabilities that God gave you. It helps you to build relationships of exchange and mutual help. It allows you to feel like a collaborator with God to care for and develop this world. It makes him feel useful to society and in solidarity with his loved ones ”, he highlighted.
Effort and ingenuity
“The subsidies are only a temporary help. You cannot live on subsidies. Because the great objective is to provide diversified sources of work that allow everyone to build the future with effort and ingenuity ”, he remarked.
“By being diversified, they open the way for different people to find the right context to develop their own gifts, since not all have the same capacities and inclinations. Along this path, I believe that dialogue between employers and workers is not only essential but also fruitful and promising, “he said.