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Pope stresses how individualism emerges in times of pandemic

Pope stresses how individualism emerges in times of pandemic

Bratislava, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis said here on Monday that the Covid-19 pandemic showed that it is very easy to disintegrate and think only of oneself, despite the fact that we are all in the same situation.
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Speaking at a meeting in the garden of the Presidential Palace with the authorities, representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps, during his apostolic visit to Slovakia, the Pope called for a ‘new beginning, recognizing that we are all fragile and in need of others.’

None of us can isolate ourselves, either as individuals or as a nation. Let us embrace this crisis as a call to rethink our lifestyles, Pope Francis said, recalling what he said in his encyclical, Brothers and Sisters.

It is no use questioning the past; we must get down to work to build the future together. I would like you to do so with your gaze turned upwards, as when you look at your splendid Tatra Mountains, he stressed.

On the other hand, referring to the longed-for economic recovery after ‘very hard months of pandemic,’ the Pope warned that there is a risk of getting carried away by haste and the seduction of profits, generating a fleeting euphoria which divides rather than unites.

Moreover, he pointed out, the economic recovery alone is not enough in a world where we are all connected, where we all live together.

This was the Pope’s third event on the second day of his visit, which started on Sunday.


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