In an interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis talked about the global health emergency caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
“I asked the Lord to stop the epidemic: Lord, stop it with Your hand. That’s what I prayed for,” reveals the Pontiff, who visited two churches in Rome in order to pray.
“We must rediscover the concreteness of little things, small gestures of attention we can offer those close to us,” adds Pope Francis, because “we must understand that in small things lies our treasure.”
“These gestures of tenderness, affection, compassion are minimal and tend to be lost in the anonymity of everyday life, but they are nonetheless decisive, important. For example, a hot meal, a caress, a hug, a phone call,” he explains.
The Pope thanked doctors and nurses for helping their fellow citizens during these difficult times and called on everyone to “stay close to those who have lost loved ones, to be close to them in every possible way.”
The Argentine Pontiff finally calls on those who do not believe in God “[to] believe in the love of the people around him, and thus find hope.”