Pope Francis on Wednesday made a call for “social love,” asking everyone to give a little since the “common good requires everyone’s participation,” and if each one does his or her part, “we can regenerate good relationships on the communitarian, national, and international level and even in harmony with the environment.”
The pope offered this reflection in his continuing catechesis series on the social principles proposed by Catholic teaching and tradition.
Today he spoke of the common good and how the pandemic has enabled us to see its importance, saying that we will only come through the pandemic better off if “we all seek the common good together.”
He lamented that there are those trying to profit from the pandemic — either personally or nationally — such as those making plans to sell an eventual vaccine:
Some 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 (see Lk 10:30-32). They are the devotees of Pontius Pilate, washing their hands of others’ suffering.
But Christians, he said, must respond to the pandemic and to the resulting socio-economic crisis, with love. God always loves us first, he said: “He always precedes us in love and in solutions.”