Pope calls for EU solidarity to deal with virus

Pope calls for EU solidarity to deal with virus

Faithful gather outside the square as Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 10, 2020. (Credit: Andrew Medichini/AP.)

Pope Francis is calling on leaders of European Union countries to work together to deal with the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

ROME – Pope Francis is calling on leaders of European Union countries to work together to deal with the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pope noted in his Sunday Regina Coeli blessing that 75 years have passed since Europe began the challenging process of reconciliation after World War II. He said the process spurred both European integration and “the long period of stability and peace which we benefit from today.”

He prayed that the same spirit that inspired European integration efforts “not fail to inspire all those who have responsibility in the European Union” to deal with the coronavirus emergency in a “spirit of harmony and collaboration.”

Throughout his papacy, the pope has urged European countries to resist nationalism and instead pull together on issues like migration.

During the pandemic, hard-hit countries like Italy and Spain have that insisted EU leaders demonstrate solidarity.

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