Faced with the harsh panorama that Brazil is experiencing due to the pandemic, the Archbishop of Manaus, Monsignor Leonardo Steiner, urged all the faithful to get vaccinated, reiterating that “the vaccine is the only way out we have to overcome this moment” and that “no We must think that everything is over because the situation is still serious. “
The situation in Manaus, Brazil, remains dramatic: between January and February, that is, during the so-called “second pandemic wave” of Covid-19, 3,572 deaths were registered: an alarming figure compared to the 3,380 deaths registered throughout throughout 2020.
Worrying data that make the death rate of the capital of the State of Amazonas is five times higher than the average of the other 26 capitals of the country. It is a balance on which the collapse of local health facilities weighs, in particular the lack of oxygen in hospitals, and the poor management of the vaccination campaign.
“The vaccine is the only way out”
A large part of the population, in fact, cannot reach the centers where the doses are administered due to logistical difficulties, while others refuse to be vaccinated because they are influenced by some politicians who question the real efficacy of health treatment.
Against this background, the Archbishop of Manaus, Monsignor Leonardo Steiner, in his homily on the first Sunday of Lent, urged all the faithful to get vaccinated, reiterating that “the vaccine is the only way out we have to overcome this moment” and that “no We must think that everything is over because the situation is still serious. “
Little organization worries
“If we do not take care of each other,” the prelate reiterated, “we will also end up having a third pandemic wave, which would be extremely difficult and serious for everyone.” Hence the invitation to the faithful to “collaborate and try, at the first possible opportunity, to get vaccinated.”
Likewise, the prelate expressed his bitter concern about the “little organization” with which the local government has launched the vaccination campaign, as well as a reminder of the need to “return to a more peaceful coexistence”, in order to also return to community celebrations in the church. Faced with the increase in infections, in fact, the Archdiocese of Manaus has suspended Masses and all pastoral meetings in the presence from January 5 to March 12, inclusive.
In a pandemic, “purify our Christian mission”
The prelate’s homily also included an appeal to conversion and dialogue, avoiding “the deafening noise of verbal and physical violence, of ideology that seeks to destroy coexistence, of religiosity that betrays the essence of faith and distances us from God and our brothers “.
“The time of the pandemic is a time of the desert, but also of the Spirit,” Monsignor Steiner concluded, noting that it can indicate “a transformation, a purification in our Christian vocation and mission.”