Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic

The new document of the Pontifical Academy for Life

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Vatican City, 22 July 2020.- It is entitled "Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic: untimely meditations on Life's Rebirth" and it is the second document - the first one is from 30 March 2020 - that the Pontifical Academy for Life dedicates to the consequences of the world health crisis and its interpretation.

«In the suffering and death of so many, we have learned the lesson of fragility», stresses the text.

The document underlines the importance of a change of pace: global efforts and a determined international cooperation are needed to face the challenge of a fairer and more just future, whose keywords are better health care for all and vaccination.

«We have not payed sufficient attention, especially at the global level, to human interdependence and common vulnerability. While the virus does not recognize borders, countries have sealed their frontiers. In contrast to other disasters, the pandemic does not impact all countries at the same time. Although this might offer the opportunity to learn from experiences and policies of other countries, learning processes at the global level were minimal. In fact, some countries have sometimes engaged in a cynical game of reciprocal blame».

Contributed to the drafting of the Document our Academicians prof. Roberto Dell'Oro, prof. Stefano Semplici, prof. Henk ten Have.

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