The Holy Father Pope Francis has called for a united world to fight the common enemy – the Corona Virus pandemic, ravaging the globe. The Pope made the call in his homily while celebrating the Easter Sunday Mass, inside a nearly empty St Peter Basilica, on April 12. According to the Holy Father, “The world is oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family”; adding that the risen Christ “is the contagion of hope.”
According to the Holy Father, the challenges of the contagious disease makes it compulsory for the world to come together, united in a common front to combat the pandemic. He declared: “The disease has not only deprived us of human closeness, but also of the possibility of receiving in person the consolation that flows from the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation.”
Assuring that the Lord has not left us alone in this very precarious situation, Pope Francis remarked: “But the Lord has not left us alone! United in prayer, we are convinced that he has laid his hand upon us (cf. Ps 138:5), firmly assuring us: Do not be afraid, I have risen and I am with you still.”
Pope Francis therefore admonished: “This is not the time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic. This is no time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all without distinguishing between people. This is no time for division.” He therefore called on political leaders to relax international sanctions, forgive poorest countries debts and ceasefire in war raging areas of the world.
While calling for support for the poor, the needy and all vulnerable people affected by the various lockdown orders of governments all over the world, Pope Francis condoled with those who have been directly affected by the pandemic, especially those who have lost their loved ones.
In the Easter Vigil Mass homily, Pope Francis urged that like the women who went to the tomb where Christ was buried, the faithful should not fear but hope in God, adding that “this is our fundamental right that cannot be taken away from us”. He noted that the Easter message is a message of hope with a second part of Going Forth to meet the Lord, who is always ahead of us in life and in death.
The Pope concluded: “Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns. Let the abortion and killing of innocent lives end. May the hearts of those who have enough open to filling the empty hands of those who do not have the bare necessities.”
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