Easter, Pope Francis’ message: “Helping citizens and encouraging the resumption of activities”

Easter, Pope Francis’ message: “Helping citizens and encouraging the resumption of activities”

Pope Francis’s Easter message in time of Coronavirus: “I encourage those with political responsibilities to actively work in favor of the common good of citizens, providing the means and tools necessary to allow everyone to lead a dignified life and encourage the resumption of usual activities daily “.

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After Easter mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica without faithful due to anti-coronavirus measures, Pope francesco he read his Easter message. “Like a new flame”, the “Good News” of the Resurrection “ignited in the night”, said Bergoglio, speaking of a world already grappling with epochal challenges and now oppressed by the pandemic, which puts a strain on the great human family. “On this night the voice of the Church resounded: ‘Christ, my hope, is risen!'”. For Francis, “it is another ‘contagion’, which is transmitted from heart to heart – because every human heart awaits this Good News . ”, So again the Pontiff.

Pope: the lives of millions of people have suddenly changed

“I encourage those with political responsibilities to actively work for the common good of citizens, providing the means and tools necessary to enable everyone to lead a life of dignity and to encourage, when circumstances permit, the resumption of the usual daily activities “, Bergoglio’s words.” In recent weeks – the Pope emphasized -, the lives of millions of people have suddenly changed. For many, staying at home was an opportunity to reflect, to stop the frenetic pace of life, to be with loved ones and enjoy their company “.” For many, however – he added in his Easter message read live video – is also a a time of concern for the future that is uncertainfor the work that you risk losing and for the other consequences that the current crisis brings with it “.” This is not the time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and he must find himself united in facing the pandemic “, so again in the Easter message Urbi et Orbi.” May the risen Jesus give hope to all the poor, to those who live in the suburbs, to refugees and to the homeless – said Bergoglio -. These weaker brothers and sisters are not left alonewhich populate the cities and suburbs of every part of the world “.” We do not make them lack basic necessities, more difficult to find now that many businesses are closed, as well as medicines and, above all, the possibility of adequate assistance health care, “he added.

Bergoglio: “To forgive the debt of poor countries”

The Pope also asked, in consideration of the circumstances, to relax the international sanctions that inhibit the possibility of the countries that are recipients of providing adequate support to their citizens “and that all States are put in a position to meet the greatest needs of the moment. , reducing, if not forgiving, the debt that weighs on the budgets of the poorest ones “.

Covid Lazio, on 18 July 3708 cases and 14 deaths: 1962 infections in Rome

“Europe faces an epochal challenge”

“Today the European Union faces an epochal challenge, on which not only its future but that of the whole world will depend. Do not miss the opportunity to give further proof of solidarity, even resorting to innovative solutions “, the Pope’s appeal.” The alternative – he said – is only the selfishness of particular interests and the temptation of a return to the past, with the risk of putting a strain on peaceful coexistence and the development of the next generations “.

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