Pope Francis calls for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

News - by RadioNow / Apr. 5th, 2021
Pope Francis Wednesday Audience: October 2018

The vicar of the catholic church, Pope Francis, has urged countries in his Easter message to speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.

After saying mass, Francis read his Urbi et Orbi- “to the city and the world” message, in which he traditionally reviews global problems and appeals for peace. Francis, who would normally have given the address to as many as 100,000 people in St Peter’s Square, spoke to fewer than 200 in the church while the message was broadcast to tens of millions around the world.

Coronavirus has meant this has been the second year in a row that Easter papal services have been attended by small gatherings at a secondary altar of St Peter’s Basilica, instead of crowds in the church or in the square outside

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