Physical distancing should not remove community caring – Cardinal Tagle

WHILE echoing the call for social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, a Vatican official said the practice should not eliminate “community caring.”

Speaking during Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation on Wednesday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said that the pandemic calls for compassion.

“I know we need physical distancing and that is needed and we are appealing to everyone to observe it where possible. But the feast of today reminds us that physical distancing should not lead to forgetfulness of neighbor,” he said.

The cardinal stressed that physical distancing is for the “common good” and the response “should be common for all.”

“And that is what is needed today. This is a pandemic and this crisis affects all people and so we should think of all and the response should be for the common good,” the prelate said.

“As we observe physical distancing, let us not forget the communal caring. That’s what Jesus did, God with us,” he added.