Vatican Removes Article Calling Coronavirus ‘Ally’ of the Earth Because of Environmental Benefits

Vatican News, the Holy See’s official news service, published and then deleted an article calling the deadly coronavirus an “ally” of planet Earth, sparking outrage in readers.

The article, written by the Jesuit priest Father Benedict Mayaki, was entitled “Coronavirus: Earth’s unlikely ally,” and its secondary headline read, “The changes in human behavior due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic are yielding unintended benefits to the planet.”

The author made no references to the tens of thousands of deaths attributed to the virus, except to say that the pandemic is “a global health concern.” However, there’s a bright side, Mayaki wrote: “Earth is healing itself,” as a result of the reduction in human activity.

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