Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus

12:21 Pope Francis invites Catholics to join him in a moment of prayer

Coronavirus: Pope Francis calls for prayer, compassion and tenderness

"In these hard days, when mankind is in fear because of the pandemic, I would suggest to all Christians that together we have cried out to the Heavens... a day when many Christians remember the Annunciation to the virgin Mary, may the Lord will hear the United prayers of all His students, "said the Pope".

Pope Francis salutes from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking an empty St.Peter's square after his livestreamed the Angelus prayer on March 22, 2020 at the Vatican. "He takes His time, but He doesn't disappoint", the Pope said at Mass in Santa Marta this morning, adding "in these days we need to pray, pray more".

THE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is urging everyone to join Pope Francis in prayer this week in response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

"On that day on which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word", Pope Francis prayed, "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". Died there more than 4.8 thousand people.

The Vatican's Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for people who pray for an end to the pandemic, healing for the sick, and the eternal repose of the dead. "Let's be attentive when we pray not to fall into routine, without the awareness that the Lord is here, that I'm speaking with the Lord and He is able to resolve problems". Plenary indulgences, which remit all temporal punishment due to sin, must be accompanied by full detachment from sin. While the normal conditions for obtaining a plenary indulgence include sacramental Confession and Communion, during the pandemic, those conditions have been altered to when it again becomes possible.

To receive the indulgence, a person may offer at least a half hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament or a half hour of prayer with scripture, or the recitation of the rosary or chaplet of divine mercy "to implore from the Almighty God an end to the epidemic, relief for those who are suffering, and eternal salvation of those whom the Lord has called to himself". He makes us wait. "Our closeness to the police, to soldiers that seek to maintain order always on the street, so that the things will be done that the government asks be done for the good of us all - closeness to all".

He referred to the Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday of Lent, from John's gospel, where Jesus heals a man blind from birth.

At the Angelus yesterday, he spoke of Christ as the light that brightens darkness.

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