WelCom December 2020
Government leaders and authorities must not exploit the Covid-19 pandemic to discredit political rivals but set aside differences to find ‘viable solutions for our people’, Pope Francis said in a video message last month. Speaking to participants at a virtual seminar about the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America, the Pope said leaders should not ‘encourage or endorse or use mechanisms that make this serious crisis a tool of an electoral or social nature’. The effects of the pandemic, he continued, will be felt for many years to come and solidarity must be at the centre of any proposals to alleviate people’s sufferings. Any future initiatives should be ‘based on contributing, sharing and distributing, not on possessing, excluding and accumulating’.