Francis’ speech at the opening and plenary session of the religious leaders summit Sept. 14 was organized around four global challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, peace, fraternal acceptance, and care for our common home.
He said in the wake of the pandemic, we are called to care for others, beginning with the poor and needy, “who suffered most from the pandemic, which so forcefully brought out the injustice of global inequalities and imbalances.”
“As long as inequality and injustice continue to proliferate, there will be no end to viruses even worse than Covid: the viruses of hatred, violence and terrorism,” he said.
Francis urged his fellow religious leaders to continue to promote peace. “A leap forward is required, and it needs to come from us,” he said.
“If the Creator, to whom we have devoted our lives, is the author of human life, how can we, who call ourselves believers, consent to the destruction of that life? And how can we imagine that the men and women of…