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.”