Pope Francis: love and care

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This article is published in issue 2-3 of Vanity Fair on newsstands until January 19, 2021

In this historical moment, marked by the ecological crisis and by serious economic and social imbalances, aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, we need fraternity more than ever. Not a fraternity made up of beautiful words, abstract ideals, vague feelings … No. A fraternity based on real love, capable of encountering the other who is different from me, of experiencing his sufferings, of approaching and taking care of him too if it is not my family, my ethnicity, my religion; he’s different from me but he’s my brother, he’s my sister.

And this is also true in relations between peoples and nations: all brothers!

Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty about the pandemic, several lights of hope appear, such as vaccine discoveries. But for these lights to illuminate and bring hope to the whole world, they must be available to all. We cannot let closed nationalisms prevent us from living as the true human family that we are. Nor can we let the virus of radical individualism win us over and make us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers and sisters. I cannot put myself before others, putting the laws of the market and invention patents above the laws of love and the health of humanity. I ask everyone: state leaders, companies, international organizations to promote cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for all: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all regions of the planet . In first place, the most vulnerable and needy!

Faced with a challenge that knows no boundaries, barriers cannot be erected. We are all in this together. Each person is my brother. In each one I see the face of God reflected and in those who suffer I see the Lord asking for my help. I see it in the sick, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, the migrant and the refugee: all brothers and sisters!

– JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO

The text is a reworking of the Urbi et Orbi blessing that Pope Francis read on December 25, 2020, granted to Vanity Fair.

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