Pope Francis wasn’t appearing on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica this Christmas. The pontiff delivered his traditional message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican.
The pandemic and its social and economic effects dominated the message stressing that health is an international issue. He appeared to criticize so-called “vaccine nationalism,” which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.
Francis called for global unity and help for nations suffering from conflicts and humanitarian crises.