Though the blessings and waves came from an unnatural-looking distance, Pope Francis was clearly happy to be with the faithful again at the first general audience held in public since Italy began its lockdown last spring.
“After many months we meet each other again our face to face, rather than screen to screen. Face to face. This is good!,” the pope began his address saying.
The audience was held in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, accommodating about 500 people, who had their temperatures taken before they entered the square.
The Holy Father continued his catechesis series on the Catholic principles of social doctrine, today considering the concept of “solidarity.” The pandemic is a clear illustration of the importance of the principle:
The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: we are all linked to each other, for better or for worse. Therefore, to come out of this crisis better than before, we have to do so together; together, not alone. Together. Alone no, because it cannot be done. Either it is done together, or it is not done. We must do it together, all of us, in solidarity. I would like to underline this word today: solidarity.
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