Francis made a statement from the Vatican on Sunday, praising healthcare workers in Italy’s Lombardy region who stood by their patients during the pandemic’s “troubled months.”
Lombardy was Italy’s worst-affected region at the height of the pandemic.
Francis later warned people to “be careful,” and not to allow individualism to again become “the guiding principle of society.”
Francis used the health care workers as an example to make his point, saying their professionalism was “one of the pillars of [Italy].” The Pope described the medical workers as “angels.”
Francis also thanked priests for showing “courage and love to the people.”
In April, he said the pandemic could be one of “nature’s responses” to humans ignoring the current ecological crisis.
The pandemic radically changed the way the Vatican operates, forcing the Pope to celebrating Palm Sunday mass in an empty church. After months of lockdown, worshippers returned to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City at the end of May.