ROME — Pope Francis pointed to the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday as hope for all who are suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The risen Christ is hope for all who continue to suffer from the pandemic, both the sick and those who have lost a loved one,” the pontiff proclaimed during his yearly Easter Urbi et Orbi blessing given in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
“The Easter message does not offer us a mirage or reveal a magic formula,” Francis warned. “It does not point to an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor.”
Nonetheless, in the midst of the fallout both from the disease and for government actions such as lockdowns and the shuttering of businesses and schools, the risen Christ brings hope, he insisted.