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COVID overshadows the second year Christmas festival

Kuwait: Father Emmanuel Gharib leads the Christmas Mass at the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait on Friday. – Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Vatican City: Pope Francis yesterday called for a dialogue to counter the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as billions of people around the world celebrated their second Christmas in the shadow of the coronavirus. rice field. The explosion of the incident caused by the rise of the Omicron variant marks a pandemic-contaminated Christmas season for the second year in a row, and the prospect of more COVID-19 restrictions casts a shadow over the reunion of the longing family. I did.

In his traditional Christmas blessings of Urbi and Orbi, the Pope told the faithful people who gathered at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican: There is a growing tendency to withdraw, do everything ourselves, meet others, and stop trying to do things together. ”

“Even at the international level, there is a risk of avoiding dialogue. There is a risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than embarking on a long path of dialogue, but only those paths will resolve the conflict. Can lead to lasting benefits for all, “said the 85-year-old Argentine deity. During the Mass on Christmas Eve, attended by about 2,000 civilians wearing masks and respecting social distance, the Pope urged people to thank the little things in life.

In the southern Philippines, after a typhoon-stricken church puddle, Father Ricardo Virtudazo celebrates the Mass on Christmas Day, nearly 400 people die and hundreds of thousands lose their homes after a storm. Dozens of believers have gathered to pray for a better year. “The important thing is that we are all safe,” said Joy Parella, 31, who attended a worship service with her husband in the town of Alegria on Mindanao. Another survivor, Marites Sotis, said she would normally serve meat, spring rolls and salads for Christmas, but her family struggled after the storm killed most of the coconut trees. ..

In the second year, the proliferation of infections complicated the Eurtide program from Sydney to Seville. The new coronavirus strain severely disrupted vacation trips, and tracking website Flightaware.com reported that more than 4,500 flights worldwide were canceled, hundreds of which were canceled in the United States. Nonetheless, even if the COVID infection crossed the peak of the previous wave and the hospital ran out of beds, millions of Americans were moving to meet their loved ones at Christmas.

In Washington, US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited a children’s hospital to read a traditional Christmas book by the First Lady. In Europe, the government is re-imposing safety measures that induce misery that is robbing many of the fun of Christmas. The Netherlands has returned to the blockade, and Spain and Italy require masks to be worn outdoors. And as Britain re-attacked a record number of COVID-19 infections on Friday for three consecutive days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed to take a vaccine booster shot as a Christmas present for relatives. did.

Still, in many other parts of the world, Christmas gatherings were easier than they were a year ago. Most Australians were allowed to travel on the interstate highway during a festive break for the first time in two years, saying that Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher was a “light” in the dark. I am. Ottawa’s Transport Minister said Santa Claus was reluctant to perform the round after showing evidence of vaccination and a pre-flight negative COVID test. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracking website, Father Christmas delivered 7.6 billion gifts worldwide on a 2021 sleigh. – AFP

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