The right to work is the right to dignity, says Pope

(AGI) Vatican City, June 14 - "I am also close to all workerswho defend the right to work with solidarity, as it is theright to dignity," said Pope Francis on Sunday after theAngelus prayer. The Pope also addressed a special thought tothe community of Catholic Rumanians who live in Rome and agreeting to "the group who remember all missing persons andassure my prayers." He concluded: "To all I wish a Good Sunday.Please, do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch andgoodbye!." In the afternoon, he also turned his attention

(AGI) Vatican City, June 14 - "I am also close to all workerswho defend the right to work with solidarity, as it is theright to dignity," said Pope Francis on Sunday after theAngelus prayer. The Pope also addressed a special thought tothe community of Catholic Rumanians who live in Rome and agreeting to "the group who remember all missing persons andassure my prayers." He concluded: "To all I wish a Good Sunday.Please, do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch andgoodbye!." In the afternoon, he also turned his attentionto couples who separate, urging them never to forget theirduties as parents. "Do not speak ill of each other: that's howchildren learn how to be hypocritical and to take advantage ofothers," he said. Then, turning to the Roman families presenton Saint Peter's Square for the opening of Rome Diocese'sannual Ecclesial Convention, dedicated this year to the themeof the family. He said: "Never speak ill of the other parent tochildren. Children are the first victims of this dispute andthis hatred that so often exists between the two. Children aresacred, do not hurt them. Tell them: 'look, mom and dad don'tunderstand each other. It's better to separate but your dad isa good man or your mom is a good woman'." The Pope asked the25,000 parents in the crowd: "Remember the film 'The ChildrenAre Watching Us?'." He answered: "The children are watching youand if they see that their mom and dad love each other, theygrow in that context of love, happiness and secutiry, they aresure of the love between their mom and dad." He went on:"Just think how children suffer when they see their mom and dadscream, insult, and even beat each other every day. Mothers andfathers, when you fall into this sin, think that the firstvictims are your children, your own flesh and blood. This isawful but it's the truth." The Pope repeated: "Children arewatching you, but not only when you are teaching themsomething: they watch you also when you talk to each other,come back from work, when you rest or when you're with yourfriends. And they try to catch your glance, your gestures, ifyou're happy, if you believe in the goodness of love, if it istrue that through mutual love you can overcome all hardships."(AGI). .