Pope Francis Voices Support For Universal Basic Income In Easter Sunday Letter

Tyler MacDonald

On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis released a letter to the leaders of the world's most prominent social movements and voiced his support for a universal basic income (UBI), Business Insider reported.

"This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out," he wrote.

"It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights."

The United States is currently providing $1,200 to Americans as an emergency stimulus. Although former Democratic presidential candidate and UBI advocate, Andrew Yang, claims to have advised the White House on the issue, he is in favor of extending the policy indefinitely.

During Yang's campaign, he pointed to an economy shifting due to automation and claimed that a UBI would help ensure that people in positions that aren't compensated by the current economy, such as mothers and caregivers, are paid for the value they add to society. In this respect, Francis' recent letter echoed these sentiments.

"I think of all the people, especially women, who multiply loaves of bread in soup kitchens: two onions and a package of rice make up a delicious stew for hundreds of children. I think of the sick, I think of the elderly. They never appear in the news."

With the pandemic leaving many people out of work, the conversation around UBI has been reignited not long after Yang suspended his campaign. As reported by Yahoo Finance, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently pledged approximately 28 percent of his net worth to support UBI, as well as other initiatives, such as education and girl's health.