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Pope condemns 'bloodsuckers' who exploit labor

May 19, 2016

Pope Francis denounced "true bloodsuckers" who grow rich by exploiting their workers, during his homily at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 19.

The Pope lashed out against employees who do not provide fair terms for their workers, saying that "they live by spilling the blood of the people who they make slaves of labor." He also rejected the "theology of prosperity," that sees wealth as a sign of God's favor. 

"You cannot serve both God and riches," the Pontiff told his congregation. He said that material wealth can easily become a burden, which "takes away the freedom to follow Jesus." 

 
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