Pope Francis calls for vaccine sharing in Christmas message

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    Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday said political and business leaders must not allow market forces to take priority over making COVID-19 vaccines available to all, condemning nationalism and “the virus of radical individualism.”

    In a sign of the times, Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica before tens of thousands.

    The pandemic and its social and economic effects dominated the message, in which Francis called for global unity and help for nations suffering from conflicts and humanitarian crises.

    He then called for peace and reconciliation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon and Iraq, which he is due to visit in early March.

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