Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, Wednesday, September 9, appealed to people to look out for the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.
READ MORE: In his second public — though limited — weekly general audience, Pope Francis Wednesday appealed to people to look out for the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.
The pope removed his face mask as he arrived at the Vatican’s San Damaso courtyard before an audience of about 500 people, compared to the tens of thousands who usually gather at St. Peter’s Square.
While chairs were spaced out in the courtyard, the limited crowd massed along the barriers as Pope Francis passed by, and some lowered their masks to call out to him.
He urged the faithful to remain socially distant and not crowd themselves “to avoid the contagion.”
During his remarks, Francis said the pandemic is affecting everyone and “we will emerge from it better people if we all seek the common good together.”
He lamented, however, what he sees as “the emergence of partisan interests.”