Solidarity the antidote to selfishness: Pope

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at first general audience since March (CNS/Paul Haring)

The pleasure of seeing other people face to face and not “screen to screen” as COVID-19 restrictions ease clearly demonstrates that people are social beings and need one another, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

After six months of livestreamed general audiences, more than 600 people gathered in the San Damaso courtyard of the Apostolic Palace to see the Pope in person and listen to his  talk about the virtue of solidarity.

“The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: We are all linked to each other for better or for worse,” he said. “Therefore, to come out of this crisis better than before, we must do so together, all of us, in solidarity. Together, not alone.”

“As a human family, we have our common origin in God; we dwell in a common home, the garden-planet where God placed us; and we have a common destination in Christ,” the Pope said.

But when people forget that, he said, interdependence is ignored and inequality and marginalisation increase, the social fabric weakens, and the environment deteriorates.

“In an interconnected world, we experience what it means to live in the same ‘global village.’ It’s a beautiful expression — the world is nothing other than a global village because everything is interconnected,” the Pope said.

“However, this interdependence does not always transform into solidarity,” he said. “On the contrary, selfishness — individual, national and by power groups — and ideological rigidity increase structures of sin.”

Solidarity, on the other hand, is rooted in the truth that God created all human beings and created the earth as well, he said.


Solidarity is the antidote to selfishness, exploitation, Pope says (Crux

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