On Sunday, Spanish journalist Jordi Évole interviewed Pope Francis via video chat to discuss Faith and the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked by Évole if he was optimistic about the pandemic, the Holy Father said “that’s a word I don’t like, because optimism to me, I’m not saying it is, to me sounds like makeup.”

Instead of optimism, Pope Francis expressed his hope and Faith in men, women, and all of humanity:

“I have hope in the peoples of the world who are going to take lessons from this crisis to re-evaluate their lives. We’re going to come out better. Fewer of us, of course, many are still sick and it’s hard. But I have faith, we’re going to come out better.”

When asked about how he would comfort those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic, he said “the last thing I would do is to tell them something,” and instead express his closeness with them.

“What I try to do is make them feel my closeness. Today the language of gestures is more important that words.”

Pope Francis also expressed his admiration towards healthcare professionals because “they are teaching me how to be committed,” calling them the “saints next door.”

“I am grateful for their witness. Doctors, nurses, volunteers who have to sleep on stretchers because there are no more beds in the hospitals and they can’t go home. Many of them aren’t believers, many are agnostics or they lead a life of faith in their own way, but in their witness you see this ability to give their all for others. Some of them have died.”

He said that throughout his life, hes had his own crises of Faith, but hes confronting the pandemic with Faith, and urged the Faithful to do the same and pray “with faith that the Lord can intervene, with perseverance and with courage.”

“I have had my own crises of faith, and with the grace of God, I’ve resolved them. But no one is exempt from the universal path of humanity. And this is good for everyone.”

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  1. “I am thankful for COVID-19”
    by John Raymund Almeda

    Because it reminds us of a More Powerful Being, that there is God who can be our first and last
    resort for hope;

    Because it brings out the heroism and unity in all of us despite our differences;

    Because it shows us the fruits of our choices on who to lead and guide us in the government;

    Because it makes us realise the essentials to existence; that luxuries are short-lived;

    Because it draws us back to our core support—our families—whom we should nurture even more;

    Because it teaches us to value equality, as the pandemic sees us all as equal, and we should keep it that way;

    Because it’s an opportunity to prove how we handle our emotions and mental health amid the apparent distress;

    Because it enlightens us on who to keep, who to forgive, and who to let go to grow;

    Because it pushes us back to our knees, that our powers are limited, that selfishness and worldliness can poison our soul;

    Because it awakens us to a suffering earth that is ought to heal so we can live on; and

    Because it tells us to love again, to look after each other even more, and to never ever forget that we should move, all together, forward at all times.

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