The coronavirus pandemic has shed light on other, “more widespread social diseases,” says Pope Francis, particularly attacks on the God-given human dignity of every person.

“The pandemic has highlighted how vulnerable and interconnected we all are. If we do not take care of each other, starting with the least − those who are most affected, including creation − we cannot heal the world,” the pope said Aug. 12 at his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis had announced a week earlier that he would begin a series of audience talks about Catholic social teaching, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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