Pope Francis condemned people who traveled abroad for vacations amid COVID-19 lockdowns during his Sunday prayers from the Vatican Library.
- The pontiff said in his address: “But those people, good people, did they not think about those who stayed at home, about the economic problems faced by many people who have been floored by the lockdown, about the sick? They thought only about taking a holiday for their own pleasure. This pained me greatly.”
- Pope Francis ended with a sentiment for the new year, saying: “We can work a bit more to take care of one another and our common home.”
- As of Sunday, there have been 84 million reported cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide and 1.83 million COVID-19-related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.