Pope calls for inequalities to be abolished after 'time of trial'

Pope calls for inequalities to be abolished after 'time of trial'
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisMcCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue Pope Francis urges Catholic media to 'overcome the diseases of racism, injustice and indifference' Countries are using the coronavirus to repress and persecute MORE on Sunday called for the faithful to resolve to end global inequality in the wake of the “time of trial” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The pope ventured outside the Vatican to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy at the Santo Spirito church, with only a handful of priests attending the mass amid a lockdown of Italy due to the pandemic, The Associated Press reported.

“We are all frail, all equal, all precious. May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us,” Francis said, according to the AP. “The time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!”

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The pope has in recent days proposed a universal basic income to offset the economic toll of the virus on working people, and said on Sunday that another virus of “selfish indifference” could persist even once the spread of the coronavirus pandemic ebbs.

“Let us welcome this time of trial as an opportunity to prepare for our collective future. Because without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone,” he said, according to the AP.

He expressed a similar sentiment in a letter to leaders of social movements and organizations on Easter.

“This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out,” he wrote. “It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights.”

Francis’ Easter letter highlighted the particular vulnerability of workers with less stable income due to the pandemic.

“Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers: you who are informal, working on your own or in the grassroots economy, you have no steady income to get you through this hard time ... and the lockdowns are becoming unbearable,” he wrote.