Pope Francis: Tragedies are now being passed over in silence

Vatican City, Dec 25 (EFE).- Pope Francis on Saturday lamented the world’s indifference to tragedies, in his Christmas message delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

“We have become so used to them that immense tragedies are now being passed over in silence,” Francis told thousands of people who gathered at the St. Peter’s square.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, “there is a growing tendency to withdraw, to do it all by ourselves, to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together,” he added.

He denounced that the trend is also seen in the international arena, where “there is the risk of avoiding dialogue, the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than setting out on the longer paths of dialogue”.

“Yet only those paths can lead to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all,” he added.

As usual in his Christmas messages, the pontiff began to list the conflicts in the world, starting with the Middle East.

He then expressed his support for Myanmar’s people: King of all peoples (…) Sustain the people of Myanmar, where intolerance and violence not infrequently target the Christian community and its places of worship, clouding the peaceful countenance of that people.”

He also prayed for “the victims of violence against women, which has increased in this time of pandemic” and for “hope to young children and adolescents suffering from bullying and abuse”.EFE


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