VATICAN CITY – On Easter Sunday, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis has called for the consideration of a Universal Basic Wage in a letter to popular movements and community organizations on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic response. “This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights.”
The letter expressing encouragement and solidarity with marginalized groups organizing to change global systems and structures that exclude began with heartfelt recollections of his participation in the Popular Movement meetings in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in 2015 and at the Vatican in 2016.
The letter was originally published in Italian. A full English translation can be found below.