Cardinal Rivera reiterates call to act responsibly amidst epidemic

.- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said in his Sunday homily that the solution to the flu epidemic that has hit the country “is not only in the actions of our leaders but requires also the collaboration of all of society, and therefore we call on you for prevention more than for worry; action more than fear, and above all, responsibility.”

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, the cardinal said that amidst the “harsh and painful” current situation, we must “open ourselves more than ever to listening and meditating on the Word of God which, in these days, shows us Jesus fostering encouragement and strength in his community.”
“Although we are now receiving news that this health crisis that has shaken us is stabilizing, I don’t think we should let our guard down. Let this message be a new call to society in general, who we remind of its moral duty to follow and obey the constant recommendations that health officials are making.”
The cardinal went on to note that “Christians, in particular, have an enormous obligation at this time, since the Risen Lord continues working through his Church, and he demands that we go out to meet those in need. For this reason, we should assume the role of being spreaders of preventative and sanitary habits and to watch over those who have been infected by this virus, as these persons urgently need attention and love.”
“Only thus will they be able to experience the diligence and divine mercy that consoles, forgives and loves.  But our commitment to God goes beyond just those who are close to us, and it is imperative we lend a hand to those who are alone and defenseless,” he added.

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