Vatican City, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:01 pm
Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Brazil’s bishops to be united to each other and to their faith in the risen Christ, who will help them get through the COVID-19 situation in their country.
“Our faith in the risen Christ shows us that we can get through this tragic moment. Our hope gives us courage to get up. Charity urges us to cry with those who cry and to give a hand, especially to those most in need, so that they smile again,” Pope Francis said in an April 15 video message to the general assembly of the Brazilian bishops’ conference.
“It is possible to overcome the pandemic, it is possible to overcome its consequences. But we will only succeed if we are united,” he added.
Brazil has had over 13.6 million total coronavirus cases, and is ranked third in the world for number of cases, after the United States and India.