Covid-19 victims should be kept to a minimum – Archbishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna urges compassionate leadership

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna paid his respects to war victims as well as coronavirus victims on Sunday during a homily delivered on Remembrance Day.

During a mass celebrated at St John’s Co-Cathedral as part of Remembrance Day celebrations, Archbishop Scicluna urged politicians to act responsibly and ensure that the number of lives claimed by the pandemic remains low and does not increase.

He drew parallels between what happened during the world wars and the current global pandemic, noting that “the enemy is invisible” in the latter.

Mgr Scicluna cited Pope Francis’ Social Encyclical Fratelli Tutti in which the Holy Father spoke about politics centered on human dignity. He then alluded to Malta’s suffering during the world wars, saying “who today possesses political leadership ought to remember how decisions made in the past, outside of Malta, had serious consequences that we still suffered from.”

Archbishop Scicluna remembered and prayed for the victims who died in the wars and said that we must commit ourselves to leave the world better off than we found it. He stressed that it is our duty to remember past injustices, as he explained that “without memory we can never move forward”.