updated 1/31/2010 4:14:11 PM ET 2010-01-31T21:14:11

Pope Benedict XVI has urged sense of responsibility from governments, employers and workers as they deal with job losses from the economic crisis.

The pontiff mentioned Fiat's decision to stop auto production at a plant in Sicily, and Alcoa's move to idle a smelter in Sardinia. Workers have protested these decisions.

Benedict said during his Angelus prayer Sunday that everything should be done to safeguard and increase employment levels, ensuring that workers have jobs that are both dignified and adequate to support their families.

The pope said the economic crisis and subsequent layoffs require "a great sense of responsibility from all: businessmen, workers, governing officials."

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