- Mar 4, 2021
The only ethical and practical response to the coronavirus pandemic is solidarity, not competition — including when it comes to the vaccines, said a priest working on the Vatican COVID-19 Commission.
Next month young people will take center-stage at a large Assisi-based digital event exploring “The Economy of Francis” in the wake of the coronavirus, with the goal of finding and proposing new global models based on solidarity and inclusion.
As Pope Francis faces mounting criticism for not wearing a face mask amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Italy and the rest of Europe, a Vatican official has acknowledged that the pope is at high risk and voiced hope the pontiff would wear a mask more often.
COVID-19 provides an opportunity for people to prepare the future, and religious leaders have an opportunity to make sure that preparation includes the world’s most vulnerable, said Catholic participants in the annual G-20 Interfaith Forum.
According to a member of Pope Francis’s commission for a post-COVID-19 world, there’s a need for a radical response to a “radical crisis.”
Pope Francis believes that the human person is not immune to crises but always impacted by them. Being better or worse after each one, he’s often said, is “up to us.” With that in mind, the Vatican’s COVID-19 coronavirus crisis task force is identifying what needs to be changed.
As the Catholic Church and governments around the world are exploring different solutions to the fallout of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, one Vatican official has said the ecclesial priority will be assisting those impacted by new forms of poverty due to unemployment.
Pope Francis and his COVID-19 response commission want to see religious, economic and social life resume, but they question the wisdom of hoping for a return to a “normal” that left so many people struggling.