Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who have gone abroad to escape the lockdowns needed to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), adding this does not show compassion or awareness to the suffering of other people.
Speaking after his weekly noon blessing, Francis said he had read newspaper reports of people going abroad via air travel to either flee government Covid-19 restrictions or seek fun in other countries.
“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. (They thought) only about going on holiday and having fun,” the Pope said.
“This really saddened me,” he said in a video address from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.
He said that people should learn to take care of each other, and avoid selfishness.
“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.
In his earlier message, the Pope expressed hope that peace would reign in the hearts of the people.
He also wished the public “a happy and serene 2021.” SOVEREIGNPH