In an Easter message, Pope Francis urges widespread access to vaccines: NPR


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Pope Francis speaks before handing over European and European blessings after celebrating Easter Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

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Pope Francis speaks before handing over European and European blessings after celebrating Easter Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

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to me The second year in a row Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Pope Francis has delivered an Easter Blessing and Speech at a Sunday reduction ceremony.

During the event – which was held in St. Peter’s Basilica with significantly fewer attendees than before the pandemic – the Pope repeated his call to Broad access to COVID-19 vaccines across the world.

“Everyone needs help and has the right to receive the necessary care,” Francis said. This is most evident in these times when all of us are called on to fight epidemics, and vaccines are an essential tool in this battle.

He added that vaccines and their distribution should be international and widespread in the poorest countries.

Francis also strongly lent his support to Young protesters in Myanmar, Who opposed the military coup in increasingly bloody demonstrations, and urged an end to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

“I hope that all parties concerned will actively commit themselves to ending conflicts and allowing war-weary people to live in peace,” he said.

On Saturday, the Pope gave a speech at the Easter vigil. The event itself was limited to 200 masked To further reinforce social distancing restrictions.

Francis offered condolences to those present amid the pandemic. And while the vigil usually lasts for hours into the night, the event started early according to the Italian curfew at 10 pm.

And the Pope said: “In these dark months of the epidemic, let us listen to the risen Lord calling us to start over and never lose hope.”


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