ROME • Pope Francis criticized what he called the "idolatry of money" on Sunday in a trip to one of the poorest regions of the European Union.
The pontiff, visiting the island of Sardinia off Italy's western coast, departed from his prepared remarks to talk about his own family's struggles as Italian immigrants in Argentina. Speaking on an island where more than half of workers under 30 are unemployed, Francis told the masses: "Don't let yourselves be robbed of hope."
He was met with an enthusiastic response of young people chanting "Lavoro! Lavoro! Lavoro!" ("Work! Work! Work!") as he raised his hands and shouted over them, "Where there is no work, there is no dignity."