ROMA.- In a dramatic moment for the whole world, upset by the pandemic, in his traditional message Urbi et Orbi, to the city and to the world, the Pope not only today made a strong call to fraternity -more than ever necessary- , but also for everyone to have access to vaccines and anti-coronavirus treatments, “especially to the most vulnerable.”
“In this time of darkness and uncertainties, lights of hope appear like those of vaccines, but for these lights to bring hope to the whole world, they have to be available to all,” said Francisco, who as happened at Easter – when also Italy was in total confinement, as now-, he delivered his message and then gave the blessing from the Hall of Blessings of the Apostolic Palace, without worshipers, instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica as in normal times. , when the Plaza was full.
“We cannot let closed nationalisms prevent us from living as the true human family that we are. We cannot let the virus of radical individualism win and leave us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers,” he said. “I cannot put myself before others, putting the market laws and patents on the laws of love and the health of humanity,” he added, with very strong words and directly alluding to what is happening in this moment in the world with the subject of vaccines.
In this context, he solemnly asked the heads of States, international organizations and companies, “to promote cooperation and not competition, and seek a solution for all. Vaccines for all. Especially for the most vulnerable and most in need of all regions of the planet “. “First of all, the most vulnerable and needy!” He insisted.
“Faced with a challenge that knows no borders, no barriers can be erected. We are all in the same boat. Each person is my brother. In each person I see the face of God reflected and, in those who suffer, I glimpse the Lord who asks my help. I see it in the sick, in the poor, in the unemployed, in the marginalized, in the migrant and in the refugee, “said Francisco, again underlining the great themes of his pontificate. He also took up a phrase already pronounced on March 27, when he starred, alone in a desolate San Pedro Square, a prayer for the end of the pandemic.
Although in the Christmas message, as always, he reviewed the geopolitical situation of the world, he mentioned the Middle East, the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and other wars and terrorism situations that bloodied other corners of the planet , the pandemic was present from the beginning to the end.