Pope Francis condemns people going on holiday to avoid lockdowns

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Pope Francis has condemned people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns.

Speaking after his weekly noon blessing, the Holy Father said he had read newspaper reports of people catching flights to flee restrictions and seek fun elsewhere.

He condemned such behaviour saying that they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others.

“They didn’t think about those who were staying at home, of the economic problems of many people who have been hit hard by the lockdown, of the sick people – only about going on holiday and having fun,” he said.

“This really saddened me,” the Pope said in a video address from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

The traditional Angelus blessing is normally given from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square, but it was moved indoors to prevent any crowds gathering and limit the spread of coronavirus.

“We don’t know what 2021 will reserve for us, but what all of us can do together is make a bit more of an effort to take care of each other. There is the temptation to take care only of our own interests,” he added.

Open your hearts to the Lord

During the Angelus on the second Sunday after Christmas, Pope Francis contemplated the tenderness of the Child Jesus in the crib, and reflected on the Gospel of John explaining that, especially in the prologue, “it tells us about Him before He was born.”

He invited the faithful to invite God into their homes, their families, to share with Him their frailties and fears in order to allow Him to change their lives.