Pope Francis decries the fact that women earn less than men, describes the discrepancy as a 'pure scandal'. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A warm welcome as Pope Francis heads into St. Peter's Square Wednesday where he calls for gender equality in the work place -- especially when it comes to pay. In the European Union, women are paid more than 16 percent less than their male counterparts and in the U.S. women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Pope Francis calls this salary gap a scandal. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: ''As Christians we must become more demanding about these issues. For instance, we must support decisively the right to equal pay for equal work. Why is it taken for granted that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. The discrepancy is a pure scandal," While Pope Francis has made it clear he wants women to have a bigger role in the church he has also said "the door is closed" when it comes to ordaining women as priests.