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Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021. 11:19 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Risen Christ is hope that does not disappoint,” said Pope Francis in his Easter message Urbi et Orbi calling the international community to share the vaccine with the poorest countries.

The Vatican News said Pope Francis, in delivering his traditional Easter message inside St Peter’s Basilica due to the COVD-19 safety measures, said the Risen Christ gives hope and comfort for those suffering from the pandemic, the sick and those who have lost a loved one.

The Pope asked the international community “to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries.”

He said the Risen Lord is comfort for the unemployed and those suffering economic difficulties and prayed that Christ might “inspire public authorities to act so that everyone, especially families in greatest need” may be helped so as not to slide into poverty, a sad reality the pandemic has dramatically worsened.

Vatican News said the Pope also talked about the psychological weight of the pandemic on young people, who are often forced to stay at home without attending school or visiting friends in person. He expressed his “closeness to young people throughout the world”.

Pope Francis also prayed that doctors and nurses “sustain the valiant efforts.”

Vatican News said the Roman Catholic Church’s leader “stressed that everyone, especially the vulnerable, needs assistance and has a right to care, and vaccines are essential.”

In his message broadcast worldwide, Pope Francis not only spoke about the spread of the pandemic, and social and economic crises, but made mention that “armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened.”

Pope Francis also spoke about poverty, migration, refugees, internal violence, international terrorism, lack of democracy, and prisoners of war, and made mention of many countries where people are suffering such as Haiti, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Ukraine.

In this respect he made calls for concrete signs of solidarity and human fraternity and he thanked nations receiving those who seek refuge, like Lebanon and Jordan.

 

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