- Pope Francis said he was saddened over reports that people are going on holidays amid the pandemic
- He said it’s best to think about taking care of others than our own interests
- The Pope said we should show greater awareness towards the suffering of others
Pope Francis expressed his disappointment over people who had gone abroad on holiday to avoid the COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Pope asked for compassion and said people should be sensitive and show greater awareness of the suffering of others.
During his weekly noon blessing, Pope said he had read newspaper reports of people catching flights to escape government restrictions and have fun. He said the reports saddened him.
“They are good people, but 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.
“This really saddened me,” he added.
Pope Francis said we should think of taking care of others than our own interests. “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.
Earlier, the Pope also criticized those who refused to follow safety protocols and protest against wearing masks. He said these people only move and think about “their own little world of interests.”
On his Christmas message, the Pope also reminded the world to cooperate and make the COVID-19 vaccines 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.