Pope Francis urges Christians to unite in prayer on March 25 in response to coronavirus


Vatican City, Mar 23 (IANS): Pope Francis has urged all Christians to unite in prayer on March 25 as a response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

During the Angelus prayer on Sunday, he urged the faithful to come together praying Our Father on Wednesday at noon "with a pandemic of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", reports Efe news.

"Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried.


Pope Francis

"In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven," the pontiff added.

For this purpose, the Pope invited "the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us" the Our Father on Wednesday, the feast of the Annunciation.

"On that day on which many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ." Pope Francis continued.

Two days later on Friday, the Pope will preside over a moment of prayer in St. Peter's Square at 6 p.m.

"I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication," he said.

Pope Francis will offer readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and will conclude with giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

Pope Francis offered his homily and prayed the Angelus from the Vatican Library Room which was broadcast live.

He finished by looking out onto a deserted St. Peter's Square.

The Vatican has banned the entry of people until April 3.

In terms of coronavirus fatalities, Italy surpassed China, where the virus had orginated last December.

As of Monday morning, Italy has a total of 59,138 cases with 5,476 deaths, according to the latest updates by the US-based John Hopkins University.

 

  

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  • Licia Dcunha, Mumbai (NSP )IND

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Dearest Fr. Pope,
    we are here praying for the world daily at 7pm Rosary adoration with lots of tears our brothers & sisters Hospitals staffs each & everyone suffering from lot's of pains...
    Holy spirit fall on us guide us heal us protect us Amen

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Coronavirus, is certainly bringing a plague of doomsday predictions !!! Yesterday in Italy, 651 humans were dead, bringing the total body count to 5476.... This pandemic is a replica of Spanish flu in 1918 (H1N1) pandemic virus, which infected 500 million, and the number of deaths, estimated to be atleast, 50 million worldwide ! Holy men, of all religions, must together atone for sins, against nature, Not doing so would be fatal and catastrophic for life to exist, on our planet Earth....

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  • V Anandkumar, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    We are praying everyday!

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