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Pope warns Christians against ‘worse virus’ of ‘selfish indifference’ amid pandemic

Pope Francis talks to the media as he leaves Rome’s Santo Spirito church after he celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy Mass behind closed doors on April 19 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via

Pope Francis warned against what he described as “an even worse virus” even after the new coronavirus pandemic is over.

Celebrating Mass on April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said the pandemic is an opportunity to practice mercy toward the poor and those who are suffering.

He warned that while the world is looking forward to a “slow and arduous recovery” from the pandemic, “there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind.”

“The risk is that we may then be struck by an even worse virus, that of selfish indifference,” said the pontiff in his homily during the feast of the Divine Mercy.

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