Pope Francis delivers Easter Message, Urges the World to Unite to Sail through COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

  • Pope Francis, while reading his Easter message to an empty St Peter's Basilica (behind closed doors amid lockdown measures imposed in Italy), has called for global solidarity to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. In his message broadcast online, the pontiff called for getting united and not of indifference as the whole world is suffering. As millions of people around the world have been asked to stay at home to fight with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the services have been held in closed churches. He has urged the political leaders across the world during his “Easter of solitude” message in 2020 to work “for the common good” so that people can live through this crisis and eventually start their normal lives. Pope Francis also said that this crisis period is not the time for self-centeredness as it is a challenge shared by all. He went on to say that we need to ban all these words such as “indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness”. The pontiff made special emphasis on the epochal challenges faced by the European Union currently and urged the EU to get united in the effort towards mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Without referring to any country, Pope Francis called for relaxing the international sanctions. He also praised the medical practitioners (including doctors, nurses, etc.) and other workers to keep essential services running. The Russian Orthodox Church has ordered churches in Moscow and its surroundings to close their doors and avoid large gatherings during this Holy Week till April 19 (when the Orthodox Church observes Easter) as Russia reports 2,186 new cases of COVID-19 infection. Till April 12, the confirmed infection cases in Russia have increased to 15,770. In Jerusalem, the traditional site of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Easter Sunday was celebrated just by a handful of Christian clerics.