Pope calls for European Union solidarity to deal with virus

Pope Francis, Coronavirus Outbreak, Vatican City, planned retreat
The pope has urged European countries to resist nationalism and instead pull together on issues like migration. Photo: PTI

Pope Francis is calling on leaders of European Union countries to work together to deal with the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pope noted in his Sunday blessing that 75 years have passed since Europe began the challenging process of reconciliation after World War II. He said the process spurred both European integration and the long period of stability and peace which we benefit from today.

He prayed that the same spirit that inspired European integration efforts not fail to inspire all those who have responsibility in the European Union to deal with the coronavirus emergency in a spirit of harmony and collaboration.

Throughout his papacy, the pope has urged European countries to resist nationalism and instead pull together on issues like migration. During the pandemic, hard-hit countries like Italy and Spain have that insisted EU leaders demonstrate solidarity.

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