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A Plea for Kindness

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In a graduation speech this month to his alma mater, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the doctor helping to steer our country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, made a powerful plea to the 2020 graduates of the College of the Holy Cross, who were celebrating with an online ceremony.

Speaking in his video message about the Jesuit tradition of social justice and service to others that marked his time at the college in Worcester, Mass., Dr. Fauci said, “. . . now is the time, if ever there was one, for us to care selflessly about one another.”

Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1962 as a Classics major with a pre-medical concentration.

“Permeating the entire experience was the Jesuit spirit of intellectual rigor,” Fauci told the graduates. “Precision of thought and economy of expression are tenets that have remained my touchstones to this day—applied to how I think, how I write, and how I communicate with the public—especially during these currently unsettling times.”

He continued, “Just as........

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