Vatican City, 25 March, 2020 / 11:21 am (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis Wednesday led Christians around the world in praying an Our Father to ask God’s mercy during the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing the suffering and death of many people.
“As confident children we turn to the Father. We do it every day, several times a day; but right now, we want to beg mercy for humanity severely tested by the coronavirus pandemic,” the pope said before leading the prayer March 25.
Speaking via video livestream from the library of the Vatican’s apostolic palace, Francis noted that Christians are praying “together, Christians of every church and community, of every tradition, from every age, language and nation.”
The pope asked Christians to pray for “the sick and their families; for health workers and those who help them; for authorities, law enforcement and volunteers; for the ministers of our communities.”
He announced the united prayer March 22, saying, “in these days of trial, while humanity trembles at the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to heaven.”