Get a job, Pope urges Roma gypsies as he calls on them to ‘integrate’ with civic society

Pope Francis poses for a selfie during his visit at the St Joseph parish church in Rome yesterday

Pope Francis has told Roma gypsies to ‘get a job’ and integrate more in society.

Speaking during a visit to a Roma community, the Pope told 40 gypsy members to try and contribute more.

He said: ‘Seek work and integration, without ever succumbing to despair. I greet you and I wish all good things for you. That you will always have peace in your families, that you have work, that you have joy.’

He then said: ‘The Church is with you, it welcomes you always, especially this parish. Always be close to the Church. Don’t lose hope.’

Good luck with that.  Many are Muslims anyway.  It does not seem to matter — they remain attached to their old ways, apparently from somewhere in northern India. Very tribal and clannish.

h/t Marvin