Pope says he is "sad" about Covid rule violations ignoring travel restrictions during the pandemic as he condemns people who defend their own interests before others
- Francis said he had read reports from people catching flights to escape government edges
- "That made me really sad," he added in his address from the Vatican Apostolic Palace
- Many countries have strict restrictions in place to prevent viruses from spreading
Pope Francis has said he is "sad" about Covid rule violations that need to ignore travel restrictions during the pandemic and show greater awareness of the suffering of others.
After his weekly lunch blessing on Sunday, Francis said he read newspaper reports from people catching flights to escape government curbs and have fun elsewhere.
“They didn't think about those who stayed at home, about the economic problems of many people who were badly hit by the lockdown, about the sick. (They thought) just about going on vacation and having fun, ”he said.
"That made me really sad," he added in a video address from the library of the Vatican Apostolic Palace.
Pope Francis said he was "sad" about Covid rule violations that need to ignore travel restrictions during the pandemic and show greater awareness of the suffering of others
The traditional Angelus blessing is usually given from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square, but it has been relocated inside to prevent crowds from gathering and limit the spread of COVID-19.
“We don't know what will reserve for us in 2021, but what we can all do together is take care of each other a little more.
"There is a temptation to just look after our own interests," he added.
Many countries have put strict restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed around 1.83 million people worldwide, according to the latest Reuters tally.
Pope Francis appeared in public on Friday for the first time since skipping New Year's masses in St. Peter's Basilica because of sciatica.
The Pope stood behind a desk next to a Christmas tree and a nativity scene and presided over the traditional angelus prayers in the Apostolic Palace.
"I send you all of my best wishes for peace and serenity in the New Year," he said.
After his weekly lunch blessing on Sunday, Francis said he read newspaper reports from people catching flights to escape government curbs and have fun elsewhere
"The painful events that have shaped human life over the past year, particularly the pandemic, have taught us the importance of being interested in and sharing concerns about others' problems."
The Vatican announced Thursday that Francis would not be able to celebrate New Year's masses on Thursday evening and Friday morning because he suffered from sciatica, a chronic nervous disease that causes the 84-year-old to have hip pain.
Shortly before Christmas, two cardinals in the Pope's entourage fell ill with Covid-19 and feared that Francis, who rarely wears a mask, could risk an infection.
During the first lockdown of Italy in March, Francis first said his Sunday prayers of Angelus from the Vatican Library in place of his usual window overlooking the crowd in St. Peter's Square.
The restriction caused him to say that he felt "locked up" and he appeared at the window a few brief times to greet the few people who ventured into the huge square.
In addition to his advanced age, the Pope has a risk factor for the coronavirus. When he was 21 years old in 1957, he suffered from severe pleurisy, which, according to biographer Austen Ivereigh, had to be operated on to remove part of his right lung.
The Vatican has not yet indicated when the Pope can be vaccinated against Covid-19.
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