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Banish ‘self-centeredness,’ pope tells the world as it faces coronavirus

Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass behind closed doors due to an outbreak of the new coronavirus at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, April 12. (Photo by Andreas Solaro/Pool via Reuters)

Pope Francis called on Sunday for global solidarity in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, urging the relaxation of international sanctions, debt relief for poor nations and ceasefires in all conflicts.

He also warned the European Union that it risked collapse if it did not agree on how to help the region recover.

The pope’s Easter “Urbi et Orbi” message (full English text here), delivered from an empty St. Peter’s Basilica instead of to the usual crowd of tens of thousands in the square outside, was by far his most pressing and political since his election in 2013.

Saying the message of this year’s “Easter of solitude” should be a “contagion of hope,” he heaped praise on doctors, nurses and others risking their lives to save others and hailed those working to keep essential services running.

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