Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Cardinal Bagnasco calls on govt to address social problems

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Rome, August 30 - Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who
heads the powerful Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI), urged
politicians to address the urgent social issues of boosting work
possibilities and reforming the Italian electoral system which
led to a two-month political stalemate after February general
elections.
"No political party can pull back from choices that cannot
be postponed, such as the labor emergency or electoral reform,
nor can it permit itself just to live day by day," he said in an
interview with Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana.
The Cardinal said that Italy was in a constant "overheated
and demagogic climate that chooses, instead of addressing
problems, the shortcut of slogans and polemic declarations".
He said he saw no concrete action being taken at a time
when a U-turn was needed and in a context of there being "a need
for bread" amongst the population.
He summed up by saying that without improved labor
opportunities, there would be no justice.
Bagnasco made the comments on the day Italy's national
statistics office Istat announced unemployment was stuck at 12%
in July for the fourth straight month, and had jumped 1.3%
compared to the year-earlier month.
Some 585,000 jobs were lost in the second quarter, it said.

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