Pope Francis prays for those left jobless by pandemic

Faithful await outside the square before Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of the Apostolic palace on May 10 at the Vatican, during the strict lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP via LiCAS.news)

Pope Francis has offered prayers for those who lost their jobs and those who were unable to work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In these days many people have lost their jobs,” said the pope before celebrating morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on May 11.

The pontiff noted around the world many have not been re-employed, or are working “under the table.”

“We pray for these brothers and sisters of ours who are suffering because of lack of work,” said Pope Francis.

The pope’s comments came as the United States announced that it lost 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent.

Experts noted that the pandemic exacted an economic toll unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s and pushing millions into unemployment. - LiCAS.news