Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Pope Francis criticises those protesting coronavirus lockdown

Pope Francis has criticised anti-lockdown protesters and those who complain about restrictive measures during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing them of being selfish.

The Pope said there has been an increase in those who have thought only of themselves and argued there must be change.

It comes as hundreds of protesters in Italy and Spain clashed with police on Friday over new coronavirus measures to curb the spread of the virus amid a rising second wave of infections.

The pontiff said there is still hope as there are those who instead take 'responsibility towards others and look for a solution so no one is left behind'.

He argued the pandemic has brought organisational and developmental models into 'crisis' and claimed it has exposed 'many injustices, the troubling silence and social and health failures'.

Countries attempting to salvage their economies risk 'forgetting that an authentic development must promote all people and human as a whole', he said. 

"We do not come out of the crisis the same; we can get better or worse, but never the same," the Pope said.

The 83-year-old added: "Crises have the ability to exacerbate existing injustices to which we were accustomed and which we could unconsciously justify; but they can highlight best practices and reactions among us."

"On the one hand, we have authentic 'urban heroes' armed with solidarity and quiet, concrete and everyday commitment, the ones who take responsibility towards others and look for concrete solutions so that no one is left behind."

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