The laws of the market cannot prevail over “the law of love and health for all,” Pope Francis wrote in a letter to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He called for “vaccine solidarity”.
In a message published on Thursday in the Vatican, the Pope stressed: “Here I repeat my call to governments, companies and international institutions to work together to provide vaccines (against the coronavirus) to all, especially the weakest and the needy.”
In a letter to the participants of the spring meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Francis expressed his hope that the discussions will contribute to the development of a model for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, based on more inclusive, sustainable actions to support the economy, help individuals and communities.
“Reconstruction,” he added, “cannot be content with returning to an unjust and unsustainable model of economic and social life in which a handful of the world’s population owns half of its wealth.”
“Despite our deep belief that all men and women were created equal, many of our brothers and sisters in the human family, especially those on the margins of society, are excluded from the financial world,” the Pope said, stressing that “the pandemic reminded us again that no one can save himself.
“If we are to emerge from this situation as a better, more human and more solidary world, we need to create new, creative forms of social, political and economic participation, sensitive to the voice of the poor and involving them in building our common future” – wrote Francis.
“Spirit of global solidarity”
The Pope noted that while many states are developing individual reconstruction projects, there is an urgent need for a global plan that will help create a new network of international relations for the integral development of all nations. In his opinion, this must consist in enabling poorer and less developed countries to actually participate in the decision-making process and facilitating access to the international market.
According to Francis, the “spirit of global solidarity” also requires a significant reduction in the debts of the poorest countries, exacerbated by the pandemic. “Relieving the burden of debt for many countries and communities is a deeply human gesture that can help people develop, have access to vaccines, health care, education and work,” the Pope indicated.
He also drew attention to what he called “ecological debt” that exists between the North and the South. “We are indebted to nature itself as well as to the people and countries affected by man-made ecological degradation” – assessed Francis.
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