He referred to as on the leaders of countries, companies and worldwide organizations to “promote cooperation and never competitors, and to seek for an answer for all.”
Amid a surge of coronavirus infections this fall in Italy, Francis broke with custom for Christmas. As a substitute of delivering his “Urbi et Orbi” speech — Latin for “to the town and to the world” — from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Sq., he learn it from inside a cavernous corridor on the Apostolic Palace, flanked by two Christmas bushes with blinking lights.
Usually, tens of hundreds of individuals would have crowded into St. Peter’s Sq. to obtain the pope’s Christmas blessing and speech. However Italian measures to attempt to rein in vacation infections permit folks to depart their houses on Christmas for under pressing causes like work, well being, visits to close by family members or train near dwelling.
The pandemic’s repercussions on life dominated Francis’ reflections on the previous 12 months.
“At this second in historical past, marked by the ecological disaster and grave financial and social imbalances solely worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s all the extra vital for us to acknowledge each other as brothers and sisters,” Francis mentioned.
Fraternity and compassion applies to folks “although they don’t belong to my household, my ethnic group or my faith,” he mentioned.
Francis prayed that the start of Jesus would encourage folks to be “beneficiant, supportive and useful″ to these in want, together with these scuffling with ”the financial results of the pandemic and ladies who’ve suffered home violence throughout these months of lockdown.”