People who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns need to show greater awareness of the suffering of others, Pope Francis said.
Speaking in a video address from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Pontiff said that he is saddened by the reports he read in the newspaper of people catching flights to flee government curbs and seek fun elsewhere.
“They didn’t think about those who were staying at home, of the economic problems of many people who have been hit hard by the lockdown, of the sick people. [They thought] only about going on holiday and having fun,” the Pope said. (Read: Bitoy Recovers From COVID-19, Gives Useful Tips Against the Virus)
“We don’t know what 2021 will reserve for us, but what all of us can do together is make a bit more of an effort to take care of each other. There is the temptation to take care only of our own interests,” he added.
Pope Francis has also criticized people who refuse to wear masks or who protest against coronavirus restrictions saying that they move in “their own little world of interests.” In his Christmas message, the Pope has appealed that the coronavirus vaccines must be available for all.
“Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty during the pandemic, different lights of hope appear, like the discovery of the vaccines … they must be available to everyone,” the Pope said during his traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message at the Vatican. (Read: The Pope’s Christmas Teachings That We All Need to Remember)
In recent weeks, many countries have been imposing strict restrictions and lockdowns due to spikes in COVID-19 cases. In the latest tally, the virus has killed over 1.83 million worldwide.