Pope Francis accepts a jersey from Wendie Renard, a French professional soccer player for the Olympique Lyonnais Féminin club, during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 12, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY | St. Joseph's work as a humble carpenter serves as an example of the dignity of hard work that today is often denied to those in need, Pope Francis said.

"Many young people, many fathers and mothers experience the ordeal of not having a job that allows them to live peacefully; they just live day by day. And how often the search for work becomes so desperate that it drives them to the point of losing all hope and the desire to live," the pope said Jan. 12 during his weekly general audience.

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