Pope says pandemic a ‘lesson in humility’; warns against doing ‘what we did before’

ROME — Ahead of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis welcomed a delegation from  Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I of Constantinople on Monday, urging Orthodox and Catholic faithful to not “squander” the “dramatic crisis” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delegation is in Rome this week to celebrate the feast of the patrons of Rome, marked on June 29. The “scourge” of the pandemic, the pope said in his remarks, “has tested everyone and everything. Only one thing is more serious than this crisis, and that is the risk that we will squander it, and not learn the lesson it teaches. It is a lesson in humility, showing us that it is not possible to live healthy lives in an unhealthy world, or to go on as we were, without recognizing what went wrong.”

Pope says pandemic a ‘lesson in humility’; warns against doing ‘what we did before’

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