Pope Francis has urged Christians worldwide to pray the “Our Father” on Wednesday, March 25 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has so far claimed thousands of lives worldwide.
The pontiff said that heads of Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all the Christians of the various confessions should recite at the same time the “Our Father.”
The Pope himself will lead a prayer service from the front of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 27 and afterwards would offer a blessing “Urbi et Orbi”—“to the city of Rome and the world”—with the Blessed Sacrament.
“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the [coronavirus] pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven,” Francis told atican News Media.
Pope Francis has earlier asked God to stop the coronavirus epidemic and said people should utilise their time in quarantine to reconnect with their families.
In an interview last week with Italian journalist, Paolo Rodari, published in “La Repubblica” newspaper, the Pope said “ "I asked the Lord to stop the epidemic: ‘Lord, stop it with your hand’. That is what I prayed for”.
Defying a nationwide lockdown, the Pope on Mar 15) visited the Roman churches of Saints Mary Major and Marcello on the Via del Corso and had offered prayers.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.