The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has called for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Sudan, and Cameroon, and also called on global leaders to make the Covid-19 vaccines available to the world.
This was disclosed in Pope’s Christmas sermon, in a virtual message from the lectern inside the Vatican, as reported by Reuters on Friday.
- “At this moment in history, marked by the ecological crisis and grave economic and social imbalances only worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters.”
He urged for global cooperation to make the Covid-19 vaccines accessible to poorer nations.
- “I beg everyone, heads of state, companies and international organisations to promote cooperation and not competition, to find a solution for everyone – vaccines for all – especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all areas of the planet. The most vulnerable and needy must be first. We can’t put ourselves before others, putting market forces and patent laws before the laws of love and the health of humanity. We cannot let closed nationalisms block us from living like the true human family that we are.”
The Pope called for an end to violence in Nigeria and other nations including Syria, Yemen, Libya, and urged the nations to seek reconciliation.
What you should know
- During the #EndSARS protests, Nairametrics reported that Pope Francis called on the Catholic faithful to pray against violence in Nigeria as events relating to the protests and police brutality went viral.