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26 March 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope tells the young: ‘Don’t give up hope’

Pope Francis used his pastoral visit to Naples last weekend to encourage unemployed young people, telling them not to give up hope. Youth unemployment in Italy is around 40 per cent, with the south bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. Visiting the impoverished and crime-torn area of Scampia during his visit Francis acknowledged: “Life in Naples has never been easy.” A local resident called Michele explained that there are fewer and fewer people in the community with a job, adding that “we need to believe in the sacredness of work”. Francis responded saying that “unemployment robs people of their dignity”. He went on: “Have the courage to travel on a road of hope, a hope that is at the core of Neapolitans’ lives, especially in their joy,


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