Pope condemns travelling abroad to escape coronavirus lockdowns

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/03/pope-francis-condemns-travelling-abroad-to-escape-coronavirus-lockdowns

Pope Francis has condemned people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others.

Speaking after his weekly noon blessing, Francis said he had read newspaper reports of people catching flights to flee government curbs and seek fun elsewhere.

“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 – only about going on holiday and having fun,” he said.

“This really saddened me,” the pope said in a video address from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

The traditional Angelus blessing is normally given from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square, but it was moved indoors to prevent any crowds gathering and limit the spread of Covid-19.

“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.

Many countries have imposed strict restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 84 million people worldwide.

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