Cardinal Tagle backs an immediate coronavirus ceasefire worldwide

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Cardinal Tagle backs an immediate coronavirus ceasefire worldwide

By Cameron Doody/ novenanews.com and fides.org

Vatican cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has backed the call for an immediate coronavirus ceasefire around the world, saying that the idea of a truce, advanced by the UN Secretary General and by Pope Francis, among others, reminds us that “we must be protecting each other, not killing each other”.

“The appeal of the secretary general of the United Nations for a global ceasefire is needed and opportune”, Cardinal Tagle, the Filipino prelate who serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and the President of Caritas Internationalis, told the Fides news agency.

UN Secretary General António Guterres called March 23 “for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world”, adding, with respect to the battle against the coronavirus, that “it is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives”.

Pope Francis supported Guterres’ call in the Angelus March 29, pleading “may our joint fight against the pandemic bring everyone to recognise the great need to reinforce brotherly and sisterly bonds as members of one human family”.

“That Pope Francis supported and repeated [the ceasefire call] makes the appeal truly prophetic”, said Tagle
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“The COVID-19 emergency is called a ‘pandemic’, meaning, it affects all peoples and all nations.

“It therefore demands that all peoples and nations respond together to protect our common human family and ‘common home’.

The head of the Vatican’s missionary dicastery concluded his remarks to Fides insisting that “this crisis could become an occasion for peace and reconciliation if we, as one human family, have the humility to accept the folly of discrimination, prejudice, domination and violence and also the humility to choose acceptance, respect, compassion, service and peace”.

The cardinal also extended a special thought to the populations who today in Asia, Africa and Latin America live in situations of violence, conflict, war:
“It is not easy to say anything to people who suffer”, Tagle admitted.
“Sometimes, silent presence speaks more to them. But I still want to say that the Church invites the victims of conflicts and wars especially in the poorer parts of the world to continue longing for and dreaming of peace.
“We Christians believe Jesus’ promise to be with us always as God’s peace, love and life. He is our hope.
“The Church invites all Christians and people of good will to promote peace through little and simple acts of caring or by a compassionate presence.

“To the tired and weary victims of wars I would like to say that their tears, pains and hopes will not be wasted. In God´s hands, the poor will re-educate consciences and re-direct human history”.

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:36
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