|Vatican||POPE CALLS FOR RENEWED SUPPORT OF YOUTH IN THE WORK PLACE|
Pope John Paul II has urged support for young workers, in the context of the rapid and complex transformation of the work place.|
"It is often young people with little schooling or professional training who are most affected by tragic situations of joblessness and marginalisation," the Pope said in a message to an international meeting held in Spain, "who are unable to find steady employment and at times are even victims of unjust exploitation."
His message was sent to the fifth International Council of the International Coordinating Committee of Young Catholic Workers. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, delivered the message.
The Holy Father made reference to the Young Christian Workers (YCW) organisation, which was established through the inspiration of Belgian priest, Fr Joseph Cardjin.
In the first decades of the 20th century, Father Cardjin "showed a clear understanding of the situation of young workers, who were not only subjected to deplorable conditions in factories, but also exposed to powerful influences, which made them feel alienated from the life of the Church," the Holy Father noted.
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|12 Oct 00|