In this pandemic year, there have been humongous changes, including the traditional Christmas address of the Pope from St. Peter’s Square. This year, the Pope addressed his congregation and the world from a grand hall inside the Vatican.
The current pandemic and climate change affect above all the lives of the poor. We must promote a culture that places at its center human dignity and the common good. For this reason the Holy See joins in the objective of net zero emission.
He addressed the most pressing concerns of humankind including an appeal to world leaders to share vaccines with poorer nations worldwide. He asked people to reflect on the commonality of humankind during vaccine rollouts, around the world. He wanted humanity to live as one human family and not allow “the virus of radical individualism to get the better of us.”
He also said, “I cannot place myself ahead of others, letting the law of marketplace and patents take precedence over the law of love and the health of humanity.”
A study in the British Medical Journey says that about twenty five percent of the world’s population would have to wait till 2022 to get adequate doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Christmas celebrations have been scaled back and muted in major churches and cathedrals worldwide.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris held its choral concert in an empty church.
Westminster Abbey streamed its midnight mass online as London is facing a strict lockdown.
Bethlehem in Palestine, the place Jesus Christ was born, wore a somber look. Due to the suspension of international flights, there were barely any visitors to the Church of Nativity, built on the spot where Christians believe the Messiah was born.