Tuesday, April 20

The Pope asks to distribute the coronavirus vaccine among the poorest

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis.

The Pope has urged the international community to “overcome delays” in vaccine distribution against the coronavirus promote its distribution “especially in the poorest countries.” The Pontiff has also listed the “sores” left by the pandemic among the sick and those affected by the economic crisis.

The Pontiff has imparted the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing (to the city and the world), which is accompanied by the plenary indulgence, from inside St. Peter’s Basilica, after having celebrated Easter Mass on Resurrection Sunday. The homily has not been delivered and has been replaced by a moment of silence.

The pandemic is still in full swing, the social and economic crisis is very serious, especially for the poorest; and despite everything _and it is scandalous_ the armed conflicts do not cease and the military arsenals are reinforced “, Francisco added.

In this way, he lamented that there are still too many wars and too much violence in the world “to remember that this April 4 is celebrated World Day against antipersonnel mines. The Pope has defined them as “cunning and horrible artifacts that kill or maim many innocents every year and prevent men from walking together on the paths of life, without fearing the snares of destruction and death.” “How much better would a world be without those instruments of death!” He insisted.

In previous years the Pope used to look out on the central balcony of the Lodge to impart the apostolic blessing before hundreds of congregated faithful but the restrictions in Italy that is completely confined have prevented it.

The Pontiff took advantage of the apostolic blessing to make a review of the “wounds” of the world before which “the risen Christ is hope”.

This is how he began referring to all those still suffering from the pandemic as “the sick”, “those who lost a loved one” or those who “have lost their jobs” for those who have asked to receive “the essential help for an adequate sustenance.” “Unfortunately, the pandemic has dramatically increased the number of poor people and the despair of thousands of people,” he stressed.

In addition, he has reminded young people that they have been forced to “spend long periods without attending school or university” and has vindicated the need to “experience real human relationships and not just virtual ones, especially at the age when character and personality are formed“.

The Pope has also made a geopolitical analysis of the world’s conflicts. This is how he reminded the youth of Myanmar, “who are committed to democracy, making their voices heard in a peaceful way, knowing that hatred can only be dispelled with love.” And he has claimed a “rebirth” for migrants fleeing war and misery.

“In their faces we recognize the disfigured and suffering face of the Lord who walks towards Calvary“, said the Pope who has also praised the countries that host them” with generosity “as Lebanon and Jordan have done with the Syrians.

Likewise, he has taken advantage of his speech to ask peace in Syria, in Yemen “whose vicissitudes are surrounded by a deafening and scandalous silence” and in Libya, “where the way out of a decade of bloody strife and confrontations is finally in sight.” The Pope has also called for the peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians and has desired that the two states live “in peace and prosperity” and recalled Iraq where he traveled in March.

It has also called for an end to “internal violence and international terrorism, especially in the Sahel and Nigeria, as well as in the region of Tigray and Cabo Delgado “. Finally, he recalled the conflicts in eastern Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh so that those who fight them “can return safely to their families.”


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