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Pope calls for end to sanctions and global arms trade in radical Easter message

POPE Francis lauded social movements as an army of solidarity and hope in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday.

The pontiff used his Easter message to warn of global structural inequality, which he said has increased with the spread of Covid-19.

He called on world leaders to put people at the centre of their plans and called for a universal basic income for all that “have been excluded from the benefits of globalisation.”

Addressing popular movements, he said: “If the fight against the coronavirus is a war, you are a true invisible army that fights in the most dangerous trenches.

“An army with no other weapon than solidarity, hope and the sense of community that grows green these days when no-one is saved alone.”

During his prayer at the St Peter’s Basilica he asked that “Jesus grant strength and hope to the doctors and nurses.”

He called for an end to sanctions, the cancellation of debt and an end to the global arms trade, saying: “This is not the time to manufacture and smuggle weapons, which costs a lot of money that would rather have been used to treat patients and save their lives.”

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