Over the last four Wednesdays in August, Francis has focussed his audiences on the pandemic, peppering his reflections with economic messages designed to make world leaders sit up and think. And he’ll be continuing in this vein over the coming weeks.
His reflections are not designed to offer policy proposals or support any political program. But they are having a geopolitical impact. On 19 August, the pope said it would be “sad” if a vaccine for the Coronavirus became the property of rich nations and was not shared universally.
He argued that the “virus of social injustice” is as big a challenge as the medical response to Covid-19, leading Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, to tweet that “he couldn’t agree more” with Francis.
Source: The Tablet