Pope Francis on Sunday said that racism, likening it to a virus that lurks in setting and only to improve and show that “our considered social progress is not as real or final” as people think.
Francis tweeted about racism on the date that the United Nations marks as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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The pope opposed racism to “a virus that suddenly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding, and lurks in waiting.”
“Instances of racism last to shame us, for they show that our thought social progress is not as real or reliable as we think.
“Fratelli Tutti” is the title of the encyclical, or particular education document, which the pope published last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic to press for solidarity, family and care for the environment worldwide.
In his tweet, Francis cited no particular case of racism or place. Throughout his papacy, he has championedin the rights of marginalised people in societies, including migrants.
The annual U.N. ceremony on March 21 falls on the anniversary of the day that police in Sharpeville, South Africa, burst fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful explanation against apartheid laws in 1960.