Pope’s First Encounter With Pilgrims in Months: We Must Show Solidarity, ‘Or Things Will Get Worse’

Tags: Currents Coronavirus, Crux, Faith, Media, Pope Francis, Vatican, World News

Currents News Staff

After practically six months with no contact with people outside the Vatican, the Holy Father met once again with pilgrims.

Pope Francis greeted them before beginning his catechesis. Everyone was required to wear masks, and the pontiff stayed a safe distance away.

He wanted to make up for the time lost during the pandemic and stopped to listen to those present. One of the most moving moments? Pope Francis prayed for a few seconds after kissing and holding a Lebanese flag.

“After so many months, we resume our meeting face-to-face; not screen-to-screen—face-to-face. This is nice,” the Holy Father said.

He continued his reflection on the post-pandemic world. He explained that these months have shown our interconnectedness. That’s why solidarity is necessary, now more than ever.

“It’s not merely a question of helping others—it’s good to do so—it is a matter of justice. Solidarity today is the road to living in a post-pandemic world, toward the healing of our interpersonal and social sicknesses. There is no other option: either we move forward along the road of solidarity, or things will get worse,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis insisted yet again on taking advantage of this crisis to enact real change. For example, not considering others as tools. In front of individualistic egoism, the pope advocated for unity in diversity.

“A diversity in solidarity possesses antibodies that ensure that the singularity of each person—which is a gift, unique and unrepeatable—does not sicken with individualism, with selfishness,” he added.

The pontiff concluded this first audience with pilgrims by inviting them to pray silently for Lebanon. It’s been a month since the terrible explosions that devastated Beirut, leaving dozens dead, hundreds wounded and causing enormous material damages.