COVID-19: Pope Francis Calls For Effective Leadership Across World In Easter Message
Pope Francis has urged politicians across the world to help join hands and make life better for everyone during the coronavirus pandemic.
The leader of the Catholic Church Worldwide, Pope Francis has urged politicians in every nation to join forces and make life better for their people, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I encourage political leaders to work actively for the common good, to provide the means and resources needed to enable everyone to lead a dignified life and, when circumstances allow, to assist them in resuming their normal daily activities,” Pope said.
He disclosed this in a tweet on Easter Sunday, adding that Christ’s examplary life of sacrifice served as a model for effective leadership across the world.
Furthermore, he urged politicians to stop trying to score political points but to serve the people, thereby bringing positive developments to their nation.
He also said that one of the legacies of good political leadership was the availability of good hospitals and other basic social amenities.
“Let us ensure that they do not lack basic necessities (all the more difficult to find now that many businesses are closed) such as medicine and especially the possibility of adequate health care.
“This is not a time for self-centredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all, without distinguishing between persons; this is not a time for division.
“This is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic,” he said.
He also pleaded with world powers to remove the sanctions placed on other countries, adding that the covid-19 pandemic had already devastated the economy of nations, and is causing unbearable hardship for citizens.
He added that this was not a time for countries to be manufacturing and buying weapons to dominate, but to use those funds to care for others and save lives.
He also urged the World Bank, International Monetary Fund(IMF) and others to forgive the debts owed by developing nations.
“In light of the present circumstances, may international sanctions be relaxed, since these make it difficult for countries on which they have been imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens, and may all nations be put in a position to meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations,” he said.
His statement further reads in part:
“Rather, may this be a time for finally ending the long war that has caused such great bloodshed in beloved Syria, the conflict in Yemen and the hostilities in Iraq and in Lebanon.
“May this be the time when Israelis and Palestinians resume dialogue in order to find a stable and lasting solution that will allow both to live in peace.
“May the sufferings of the people who live in the eastern regions of Ukraine come to an end.
“May the terrorist attacks carried out against so many innocent people in different African countries come to an end,
“May the risen Jesus grant hope to all the poor, to those living on the peripheries, to refugees and the homeless.”
Dear brothers and sisters, Indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words for ever! https://t.co/nZzOBsR0J6
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 12, 2020