Pope Francis greets the faithful at the beginning of Wednesday’s General Audience. Beginning last week, the General Audiences have been held in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican
Seeking The Common Good Together
Continuing his reflections on “Healing the World,” Pope Francis said we can emerge from the coronavirus crisis better than before “if we all seek the common good together.” At the same time, he lamented that we are beginning to see “partisan interests emerging,” with some people seeking to take advantage of the crisis for selfish purposes.
Love Without Borders
The current crisis, said Pope Francis, is helping us to see that the good of each person individually is tied up with the common good of society as a whole, and vice versa. And he insisted, “A virus that does not recognise barriers, borders, or cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or distinctions.”
If, on the other hand, solutions to the crisis are tinged with selfishness or egoism, the Pope said, “we may perhaps emerge from the coronavirus crisis, but certainly not from the human and social crisis that the virus has brought to light and accentuated.” Instead, everyone – and Christians in particular – have a duty to work to promote the common good.
Politics Rooted In Ethics And Nourished By Love
Pope Francis admitted that politics often has a bad reputation, and perhaps not without reason. A “good politics is possible,” though, he insisted, when it “puts the human person and the common good at the centre of its duty.” This calls for everyone, but especially those with social and political commitments and duties, to root their actions “in ethical principles,” and nourish them “with social and political love.”
Pope Francis said, “Christians, in a particular way the laity, are called to give good example of this and can do it thanks to the virtue of charity, cultivating its intrinsic social dimension.”
With God’s help, Pope Francis said, “we can heal the world,” if we all work together “for the common good.”