Pope opposes overseas travel to stop coronavirus ban

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Pope uses video addresses to ask the public to ‘care about each other’
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People who traveled abroad on holiday to avoid the coronavirus have been criticized by Pope Francis, saying they need to show more awareness of others’ suffering. Francis said he had read media stories of people who had taken flights to avoid government controls and have fun abroad, after his weekly noon blessing. The pope said in a video address from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, ‘They did not think about those who stayed at home, the economic difficulties of many people who were hit hard by the lockdown, the sick people. That really saddened me.’ The traditional blessing of the Angelus is typically offered from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, but it was moved indoors to avoid crowds and restrict Covid-19’s spread. “We don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, but what we can all do together is try a little harder to take care of each other. There is a temptation to only look out for our own interests,” he said. Many nations have placed stringent restrictions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 84 million people worldwide.

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