Dr Anthony Fauci praises the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service

Dr. Fauci, a graduate of a Jesuit high school and college, praised the work of JRS, and he urged America not to use the pandemic as an excuse to limit its commitment to refugee resettlement.

Nov 21, 2020

By Michael J. O’Loughlin
Joining President-elect Biden in offering wellwishes to JRS was Dr Anthony Fauci (pic), the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus taskforce.

Dr. Fauci, a graduate of a Jesuit high school and college, praised the work of JRS, and he urged America not to use the pandemic as an excuse to limit its commitment to refugee resettlement.

“Amidst the ongoing difficulties of the pandemic, we must not lose sight of the ongoing imperative to attend to their basic human rights and needs, such as health care,” Dr Fauci said.

Dr Fauci became an unlikely point of contention during the bruising presidential campaign. President Trump, who has not attended a coronavirus task force meeting in months, even as the United States is on track to see more than 400,000 deaths this year, toyed with the idea of firing Dr Fauci. As a candidate, Mr Biden pledged to rely on Dr Fauci’s advice in order to help combat the virus. Dr Fauci and Mr Biden have not been in communication following Mr Biden’s victory.

During his brief remarks, Dr Fauci also praised his Jesuit education.

“Certain tenets of the Jesuit tradition have sustained me throughout my life and career in public service, including the Jesuit emphasis on social justice and service to others. And now is the time, if ever there was one, for us to care selflessly about one another,” he said.

He added: “The consequences of coronavirus infection compel us to restrain our natural human instincts, a touch, a smile, a hug, a helping hand. Yet, as your organisation has demonstrated so well, we must not let the virus limit our humanity and compassion.” ––America

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