Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said it is “saddening” that some people prioritize personal gain over human lives in the midst of the pandemic.
“As many people are suffering and getting poorer, there are some businesses and probably individuals who are taking advantage of the situation,” said the cardinal during an online recollection for Filipino health workers on September 8.
He said the profiteers “know how to capitalize on the sorrow and the needs of others for their profitability.”
The online activity dubbed as “Kaunting Pahinga (A Little Rest)” was the initiative of Caritas Philippines and the Dilaab Foundation in the central Philippines.
The cardinal noted that the pandemic has already caused so much poverty in many parts of the world.
He said the global health crisis increased the demands for assistance from Caritas to more than a hundred percent.
“But while many are suffering, there are those who are getting even richer,” he said. “And that adds to suffering, that adds to death.”
Cardinal Tagle expressed hope that through faith in Jesus, the pandemic would lead people to “a lifestyle of compassion and solidarity”.
“No one should be left alone. This gives hope to many people,” he said.