ROME — Pope Francis has urged seminarians in Rome to offer the world a solution to the “great evil” that afflicts it, an evil laid bare by the coronavirus.
“Protect the world from the great evil that afflicts it,” the pontiff told students at the Jesuit-run Pio-Latino seminary on Friday. “The pandemic has put us before the great evil that afflicts our society, laid it bare, we can really feel it.”
Without ever identifying this “great evil” by name, the pope seemed to hint that it represents divisions and a lack of universal brotherhood.
“Globalization overcame borders, but not minds and hearts,” he continued. “The virus spreads relentlessly, but we are not able to give a unified response.”
“The world continues to close the door, rejecting dialogue and rejecting collaboration, refuses to open up sincerely to the common commitment for a good that reaches everyone without distinction,” he said. “This