Pope Francis says it might be 'time to consider a universal basic wage' in Easter letter

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Pope Francis suggested that it might be time for countries to consider a universal basic wage to help ameliorate the worldwide economic disruption to workers caused by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in an Easter letter to leaders of prominent social movements. 

The Pope, who is known for his focus and powerful advocacy on behalf of the world's poorest and most marginalized people, devoted significant portions of both his Easter address at the Vatican and his letter to social movement leaders to highlighting the plight of the working class in this crisis.

"This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out," The Pope wrote in his letter. "It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights."

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