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Holy Father’s video message to the people of the American continent

Vaccines for all, a hope to put an end to the pandemic

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20 August 2021

In a video message produced in conjunction with the Advertising Council, Pope Francis joined six cardinals and archbishops from North, Central and South America in a campaign to increase confidence in Covid-19 vaccines in the Americas, especially in those areas that have been most heavily impacted by the pandemic. The following is a translation of the Holy Father’s words from the original Spanish.

In a brotherly spirit, I join in this message of hope for a brighter future. Thanks to God and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from Covid-19. They grant us the hope of ending the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we work together.

Being vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. And contributing to ensure that the majority of people are vaccinated is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for one’s family and friends, love for all people. Love is also social and political, there is social love and political love; it is universal, always overflowing with small gestures of personal charity capable of transforming and improving societies (cf. Laudato Si’, no. 231, cf. Fratelli Tutti, 184).

Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable. I pray to God that each one of us may contribute their own small grain of sand, their own small gesture of love; no matter how small, love is always great. Contribute with these small gestures for a better future.

God bless you, and thank you.