COVID-19: Faithful respond to Pope’s invitation to pray on 14 May

13 May 2020
Ash Wednesday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: Mary Brazell/Diocese of Parramatta.


As Pope Francis invites people of all faiths to pray on 14 May for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, we get a snapshot of people around the world who plan on taking part in this unique initiative.

On Thursday 14 May, believers around the world will join – whether through prayer, fasting or by performing acts of charity – to pray for an end to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking before the Regina Caeli on 3 May, Pope Francis said “since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity for believers of all religions to unite spiritually this 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: 14 May, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and perform works of charity.”

As you watch the video above, you will see brothers and sisters around the world who are being affected by the world-wide pandemic. We hear their voices in a chorus of hope.

“Prayer is our greatest weapon against the virus.”

“What will we remember from this time? The things that unite us.”

“Let us pray to feel like Church, family, and to defeat the pandemic.”

“Let us pray so as to love neighbour.”

“In the face of the coronavirus, we cannot be demoralised.”

With thanks to Vatican News, where this article originally appeared.


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