VIDEO MESSAGE FROM HOLY FATHER FRANCISCO
ON THE OCCASION OF "VAX LIVE - THE CONCERT TO REUNITE THE WORLD"
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Dear young people in age and in spirit :
Receive a cordial greeting from this old man, who does not dance or sing like you do, but who believes with you that injustice and evil are not invincible. The coronavirus has caused death and suffering, affecting the lives of everyone, especially the most vulnerable. I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable. Don't forget the limit. Furthermore, the pandemic has contributed to worsening existing social and environmental crises, as you young people always remind us of us. And you do well to remember it.
Faced with so much darkness and uncertainty, light and hope are needed. We need paths of healing and salvation. And I mean a root healing, which heals the cause of evil and does not remain only in the symptoms. In these diseased roots we find the virus of individualism, which does not make us freer or more equal or more siblings, rather it makes us indifferent to the suffering of others. And a variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents, for example, an internationalism of vaccines. Another variant is when we put the laws of the market or intellectual property over the laws of love and the health of humanity. Another variant is when we create and foster a sick economy, which allows a very rich few, a very rich few, to own more than all the rest of humanity,
These things are interconnected. All social injustice, all marginalization of some in poverty or misery also affects the environment. Nature and person are united. God the Creator instills in our hearts a new and generous spirit to abandon our individualisms and promote the common good: a spirit of justice that mobilizes us to ensure universal access to the vaccine and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights; a spirit of communion that allows us to generate a different, more inclusive, fair and sustainable economic model.
Obviously we are experiencing a crisis. The pandemic put us all in crisis, but do not forget that we do not come out of a crisis the same, or we come out better or worse. The problem is having the inventiveness to find better ways.
God, physician and savior of all, comfort the suffering, welcome into his kingdom those who have already departed. And I also ask this God for us, pilgrims on earth, to grant us the gift of a new brotherhood, a universal solidarity, that we can recognize the good and the beauty that he sowed in each one of us, to strengthen bonds of unity. , of common projects, of shared hopes.
Thank you for your efforts, thank you for everything you are going to do. And I ask you, please, not to forget to pray for me. Thanks.
Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation