Pope criticises people going on holiday to flee coronavirus lockdowns – world news

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Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone in another country on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others.

Speaking after his weekly midday blessing, Francis said he had read newspaper reports of people catching flights to flee government curbs and seek fun elsewhere.

“They didn’t take into accounts those who were staying at home, of the economic problems of many of us who have been hit tough by the lockdown, of the sick people. (They thought) only approximately going on holiday and having fun,” the pope said.

“This actually saddened me,” he said in a video address from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

The traditional Angelus blessing is most often provided from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, but it used to be moved indoors to prevent any crowds gathering and limit the spread of Covid-19.

“We don’t realize what 2021 will reserve for us, but what all of us can do together is make a bit more of an effort to handle every other. There is the temptation to take care only of our own interests,” he added.

Many countries have imposed strict restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 84 million people worldwide, according to the most recent Reuters tally.

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