VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis on Sunday condemned racism, likening it to a virus that awaits “only appears” and shows that “our supposed social progress is not as real or decisive” as they think people.
Francis tweeted about racism on the day the United Nations marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The pope likened racism to “a virus that mutates rapidly, hiding instead of disappearing, waiting to hide.”
“Racism continues to embarrass us as it shows that our supposed social progress is not as real or decisive as we think,” Francis tweeted, adding the hashtag #FightRacism #FratelliTutti. “Fratelli Tutti” is the title of an encyclopedia or special training document issued by the Pope last year against the backdrop of the COVID-19 epidemic for solidarity, brotherhood and care for the environment.
In his tweet, Francis did not mention any specific cases of racism or racism. During his grandfatherhood, he defended the rights of marginalized people in society, including migrants.
The annual commemoration of the United Nations falls on March 21, the anniversary of the day when police opened fire in the South African city of Sharpil, killing 69 people in 1960. During a peaceful demonstration against apartheid laws.