Common good must motivate search for vaccine: Pope

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The common good — and not political or economic gain — should be at the heart of the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

During his weekly general audience in an Apostolic Palace courtyard, the Pope said that “we see partisan interests emerging” in the search for a vaccine, and some people “are taking advantage of the situation to instigate divisions: by seeking economic or political advantages, generating or exacerbating conflicts”.

“Others simply are not interesting themselves in the suffering of others; they pass by and go their own way. They are devotees of Pontius Pilate: they wash their hands,” he said.

Continuing his series of talks on “healing the world,” highlighting Catholic social teaching, the Pope reflected on the importance of love and the common good, especially in a time of crisis.

The Christian response to the pandemic, he said, “is based on love,” which is difficult, especially when it means “loving the enemy,” which is “the highest summit of holiness”.

Pope Francis said the pandemic highlights how “each person’s true good is a common good” and that “a virus that does not recognise barriers, borders or cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or distinction”.

“If the solutions for the pandemic bear the imprint of selfishness, whether it be by people, businesses or nations, we may perhaps emerge from the coronavirus crisis, but certainly not from the human and social crisis that the virus has brought to light and accentuated,” the Pope said.

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