11 March 2020 | General Audience


Library of the Apostolic Palace

[…] At this time, I would like to address all the sick who have contracted the
virus and the many who suffer from the uncertainty of their respective illnesses.
I offer a heartfelt thanks to the hospital staff, the physicians, male and female
nurses and volunteers who are close to the people who are suffering at this very
difficult time. I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who
pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to. I
warmly thank you for this effort. However, I would not want this suffering, this
epidemic that is so strong, to cause us to forget the poor Syrians who are
suffering on the border between Greece and Turkey: a people who have been
suffering for years. They have to flee war, hunger and illness. Let us not forget
our brothers and sisters and the many children who are suffering there. […]