Pope Francis declared a ‘marathon’ month of prayer throughout May with the aim of ending the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Pope encourages Catholics around the world to dedicate themselves next month to pray for an end to the epidemic, which has killed more than three million people.
This month will involve 30 Marian shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary around the world that will encourage worshipers to pray, the official Vatican news site reports.
Pope Francis declared a ‘marathon’ month of prayer throughout May with the goal of ending the COVID-19 epidemic.
‘This initiative will involve all shrines in the world in a special way so that they will encourage the faithful, family and community to recite the rosary praying for an end to the epidemic.’ Said in a statement
The Pope, who has faced criticism for his reluctance to wear a mask, will open May 1 with a broadcast of the holy rosary online.
For 31 days, the rosary chants from participating shrines in the month of prayer will be broadcast by the Vatican news agency in hopes of ending the epidemic.
The global death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 3 million, with the latest millions of deaths from the virus in just three months. At the same time, the number of cases has grown to more than 141 million.
Pope Francis will close the ‘Marathon’ month with another special prayer that was aired once again.
The move comes after the Pope marked Easter Sunday with his address and calls for vaccine sharing with poorer countries.
He also said he prayed that the blocking restrictions for Covid-19 would be lifted soon.
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
‘Dear brothers and sisters, again this year, in various places, many Christians have celebrated Easter under severe restrictions and sometimes unable to attend religious celebrations,’ he said.
‘We pray that those restrictions, as well as all restrictions on freedom of worship and religion around the world, may be lifted and that everyone can freely pray and praise God.’
Patriarch last month marked the second Palm Sunday during the epidemic and warned that ‘Demons are taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, despair and dissonance.’
The Patriarch leads the Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, grabbing olive branches and braided palms before celebrating outdoor Mass.
But as the Pope did this last spring, just weeks after the COVID-19 outbreak erupted in Italy and the country became the epicenter of the European epidemic, he led the way. Provides a solemn service that begins the Holy Week inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
The global death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 3 million, most recently millions of people died from the virus in just three months.
In his custom Sunday noon speech after Mass last month, Francis said that while the shock overwhelms the first year of the coronavirus outbreak, But now people are increasingly fed up by the escalating economic crisis.
‘Demons are taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, despair and dissonance,’ he said, adding that the epidemic brought physical, mental and spiritual suffering.
Amid the agony of the outbreak, he said: ‘We have met many brothers and sisters in trouble. Let us not pass, let us let our minds be moved by mercy and let us draw close. ‘
Pope Francis last month also ordered the Cardinals to cut wages and cut salaries of most of the Vatican’s other priests as the coronavirus outbreak hurt the Holy See’s income.
Francis issues a decree introducing dilution starting April 1.
The pontiff has often insisted that he does not want to shoot people during difficult economic times, even though the Vatican remains out of balance.
The virus has wreaked havoc around the world, with countries facing increasing cases and deaths.
The recent return of the infection, particularly in Brazil and India, comes despite vaccination efforts.
Public health officials blamed the pattern of infection first detected in the UK and South Africa, along with public fatigue from the blockade and other restrictions.