December 3, 2012

Portugal’s Catholic bishops voiced “deep unease” about worsening economic conditions in their country and urged the government to show greater concern for the common good in its austerity drive.

Saying they “feel the suffering and anguish of those suffering harshest consequences from the current crisis,” the bishops said they wanted to show “solidarity in caring for the weakest and neediest victims of the old and new poverty.”

The statement followed violent protests outside the Lisbon parliament during a Nov. 14 Europe-wide day of strikes.

Portugal has faced 16 per cent unemployment during Europe’s financial crisis.