Pope Francis urged world leaders today to divert funds used for armaments to confront problems. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure vaccines reach the poor and most vulnerable nations.
Francis also demands the establishment of a world fund with money for weapons to assist eradicate poverty. This was in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, which falls on January 1.
“A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace,” is the title of this year. They are then sent to heads of state, government and international organizations.
The Pope’s Demands
“How many spent resources are on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that can be used for more significant priorities. Priorities like ensuring the protection of people and the promotion of peace and integral human development. The fight against poverty, and also the provision of health care.”
“Global problems just like the present Covid-19 pandemic and global climate change have only made these challenges all the more evident,” he added.
Under Pope Francis, the Roman Christian church has hardened is a stance against nuclear weapons and mixed up their total abolition. In 2017, he said countries mustn’t stockpile them even for the aim of deterrence.
“What a courageous decision, it’d be to determine a ‘Global Fund’ with the cash spent on weapons and other military expenditures, so as to permanently eliminate hunger and contribute to the event of the poorest countries,’ he said.
“Vaccine nationalism” is what Francis repeatedly condemns. The poorest nations shouldn’t be left behind in the battle against coronavirus.
He said, “I renew my appeal to political leaders and therefore the private sector to spare no effort to confirm access to Covid-19 vaccines. The essential technologies for the sick, the poor and people who are most vulnerable,”
He paid tribute to medical staff and other front-line workers who risked their lives by helping coronavirus victims, especially people who died within the process.
He also said, “In the face of the pandemic, we realize that we are within the same boat, all people fragile and disorient. Therefore, at the identical time important and needed, all people called to row together,”
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