Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, the leader of the Boston Archdiocese, on Thursday released an Easter message calling for unity and compassion amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and he also decried the “intensified expressions of racism” being directed at people of color and immigrants.
“In some form, we have all been impacted by this silent and elusive but deadly virus,” O’Malley said in his message, which the archdiocese provided to the press. “No community has been spared, and some communities have been devastated. Recovery will require a spirit of collaboration, cooperation and compassion. Easter tells us we will not be alone in this effort; the Risen Christ calls us to be very good neighbors to each other.”
He noted that communities of color have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.
“African American and Hispanic communities suffered dramatically greater losses — of life and welfare — than the general population,” O’Malley said. “Often, these…