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Christians have to maintain an exemplary, responsible and civic path

Admittedly, there is an urgent need to “deconfine” so that social life can start again as quickly as possible, so there is an urgent need for children to return to school and for businesses and industries to reopen. But at the same time, it is desirable that those who know themselves to be less essential for this economic recovery, as also those who are most at risk, adopt a reserve attitude so as not to harm this recovery. Christians have to maintain an exemplary, responsible and civic path, stepping aside for the salvation of others. The only goal that drives them is the common good, their commitment to love for others. Our greatest fear would be to contribute in one way or another to disturb the fragile balance of society by placing premature demands. Whatever it costs us, we will therefore be the last to demand to meet in churches, because any gathering, even if conducted with scrupulous rules, remains a risk. We will continue to remain in communion of thought, prayer and various commitments with all those who suffer, and seek above all not to be in any way a hindrance for the necessary and urgent resumption of the activities of a world which has so much need. Because the economic recovery is not a vile way for the people to rush towards consumer goods: it is the condition, for many, of not sinking into misery and suffering. It is with this absolute respect for others that we feel we are the most useful and that we think we can best live, at the heart of the world and for the world, our fidelity to the gospel.

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