Pope Francis recognizes that the pandemic will keep many families from gathering together and hopes "that we will soon be able to overcome this trial."
Pope Francis has offered his best wishes for Lunar New Year, which begins this year on February 1, saying it’s beautiful when families can gather together.
After praying the Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father shared his hopes for the celebrations in the Far East and other parts of the world, as the Year of the Tiger begins.
I extend my cordial greetings, and express the wish that in the New Year everyone may enjoy peace, health and a peaceful and secure life. How beautiful it is when families find opportunities to gather together and experience moments of love and joy!
Many families, unfortunately, will not be able to get together this year because of the pandemic. I hope that we will soon be able to overcome this trial. Finally, I hope that, thanks to the good will of individuals and the solidarity of peoples, the entire human family will be able to achieve with renewed dynamism goals of material and spiritual prosperity.