Pope Francis calls on all Christians to unite in prayer against the epidemic of coronavirus.
At the end of the Angelus’ prayer on Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, the Pope called for a common prayer of all Christians on the feast of the Annunciation, on March 25.
“In these days of trial, when humanity trembles at the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices in Heaven,” explained the Pope. I invite all the heads of the Churches and the leaders of all the Christian communities, as well as all the Christians of the different denominations, to invoke the Most High and Almighty God, while reciting at the same time the prayer that Jesus Our Lord has given us learned. I therefore invite everyone to recite the Our Father next Wednesday, March 25, at noon. The day when many Christians remember the announcement to the Virgin Mary of the incarnation of the Word, may the Lord hear the unanimous prayer of all his disciples who are preparing to celebrate the victory of the risen Christ, ”explained Francis.
Blessing Urbi and Orbi this Friday
The Pope also announced that he would preside over a prayer time this Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m. on the forecourt of St. Peter’s Basilica. Place Saint-Pierre will be empty, but François invites everyone to join in thanks to the media, as this celebration will be broadcast on radio, television and on the internet. “We will listen to the Word of God, we will raise our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, with which I will give at the end the blessing Urbi and Orbi, to which will be attached the possibility of receiving the plenary indulgence.” This initiative is quite exceptional, the blessing Urbi and Orbi being normally pronounced only at Christmas, at Easter and during the election of a new Sovereign Pontiff.
“To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, compassion, tenderness. Let’s stay united. Let us make our proximity felt for the most lonely and the most tested. Our proximity to doctors, health operators, nurses, volunteers … Our proximity to the authorities who must take difficult measures, but for our good. Our closeness to the police, to the soldiers who are trying to keep order on the road, to get the things the government asked to do for the good of all of us. Proximity to all, ”launched the Pope, leaving his text.
Prayer for Croatia
At the end of his speech, the Pope also invited to pray for Croatia, a Balkan country struck early this morning by an earthquake. “I express my closeness to the people of Croatia hit this morning by an earthquake. May the Lord give them strength and solidarity to face this catastrophe, ”declared François.
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has caused extensive damage, particularly in Zagreb, the Croatian capital. As of midday, no human report had yet been released.