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A Letter from Pope Francis to YOU

April 4, 2020

Vatican City

Dear friends, good evening!

This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual. If you allow me, I would like to have a conversation with you for a few moments, in this time of difficulty and of suffering. I can imagine you in your families, living an unusual life to avoid contagion. I am thinking of the liveliness of children and young people, who cannot go out, attend school, live their lives.

I have in my heart all the families especially those who have a loved one who is sick or who have unfortunately experienced mourning due to the coronavirus or other causes.

These days I often think about people who are alone, and for whom it is more difficult to face these moments.

Above all I think of the elderly, who are very dear to me.

I cannot forget those who are sick with Coronavirus, people who are in hospital.

I am aware of the generosity of those who put themselves at risk for the treatment of this pandemic or to guarantee the essential services to society. So many heroes, every day, at every hour!

I also remember how many are in financial straits and are worried about work and the future.

A thought also goes out to prison inmates, whose pain is compounded by fear of the epidemic, for themselves and their loved ones.

I think of the homeless, who do not have a home to protect them.

It is a difficult time for everyone. For many, very difficult. The Pope knows this and, with these words, he wants to tell everyone of his closeness and affection.

Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous; let us help those in need in our neighbourhood; let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks; let us pray