Pope warns of a jobless generation

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Pope Francis warned on Monday that the world risks having an entire generation of jobless young people as he headed to Brazil, an emerging power facing anger over corruption and lagging public services. The 76-year-old Argentine, speaking to journalists aboard the papal plane heading to a Catholic youth event in Rio de Janeiro, said his trip was aimed in part “to encourage young people to integrate into society” and convince the world not to abandon them. “The global crisis has brought nothing good to young people. I saw the data on youth unemployed last week. We run the risk of having a generation without work,” said Pope Francis, who carried his own luggage onto the plane in keeping with his trademark simplicity, on his first trip abroad since becoming Pope in March. The Pope arrives later in Brazil in the wake of massive protests against the cost of public transport, government waste and the billions spent on hosting the 2014 World Cup. — AFP


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