Pope Benedict speaks out against Sicilian plant closure
3 February 2010

Pope Benedict has spoken out against the planned closure of a Fiat plant in Sicily.

Speaking at the end of his weekly Angelus blessing, the Pope said: “The economic crisis is causing the loss of many jobs and this calls for a huge sense of responsibility by everyone: entrepreneurs, workers, governing officials.

"I think of some difficult situations in Italy, like, for example, Termini Imerese and Portovesme... Do everything possible to protect and spur job growth, assuring dignified and adequate work to sustain families."

At present, the Fiat factory in Termini Imerse is to close at the end of 2011, costing over 1400 jobs. Fiat says the cost of delivering parts to Sicily costs it an additional 1000 euros per car.

The Pope's mention of Portovesme is believed to be in reference to Alcoa's plans to cloe an alumnium plant there.

Fiat has released a statement saying that it is willing to hand over the plant to any serious business that would help preserve jobs.

Joe Parr

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3 February 2010

Seems like this man has an opinion on everything at the moment including british legislation. Impresive for an 82 year old virgin man, wearing a dress.

3 February 2010

He gives the term 'Pontificating' a whole new lease of life. The Roman Empire never actually died out. It just changed it's name and m.o.

3 February 2010

[quote matt29]Seems like this man has an opinion on everything at the moment including british legislation. Impresive for an 82 year old virgin man, wearing a dress.[/quote]

Brilliant!

3 February 2010

I think the Church has learnt that being quiet on things doesn't work and has decided to hit back ! It works for Islam and, until the last year, worked for Scientology. Mind you, I've never liked the idea of Religion mixing with Politics, or Science for that matter. They are 3 things that should never be combined.

3 February 2010

Personally i think that if the Pope really wants to make a difference in this world, he might like to concentrate his energy on the Catholic Church's potential to help bring peace to Northern Ireland, rather than where Fiat sites its factories.

BTW, does the Vatican still have the Enzo Ferrari that the company donated a few years ago?

3 February 2010

This is nothing new. I remeber Robert Runcie speaking out against the excesses of the Thatcher government.

3 February 2010

[quote disco.stu]BTW, does the Vatican still have the Enzo Ferrari that the company donated a few years ago?[/quote] The auctioned it for charity http://www.topgear.com/content/features/stories/2005/07/stories/15/1.html

3 February 2010

Certainly has an opinion yes....but a virgin..........!!!!!!!! seriously doubt that big time....

3 February 2010

[quote Mikey D]Certainly has an opinion yes....but a virgin..........!!!!!!!! seriously doubt that big time....[/quote]

I was trying to be nice!

3 February 2010

[quote matt29]

Seems like this man has an opinion on everything at the moment including british legislation. Impresive for an 82 year old virgin man, wearing a dress.

[/quote]

Im sure he does the Hitler youth class of '39 proud

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