Pope Francis releases a special video message, in which he asks for prayers for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who pray for those affected.
Pope Francis is making a special call for prayers for all the sick and suffering, in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In his message, the Holy Father invokes the Blessed Virgin Mary with the ancient prayer Sub tuum praesidium:
“We fly to thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.”
Pope Francis also takes the opportunity in his message to thank all Christians, and all men and women of good will – whichever religious tradition they belong to, who are praying in unison in this moment.
Each month, Pope Francis releases a video-message with his specific prayer intentions for that month. The invitation to pray together for the sick and suffering marks a special addition to his regular intentions.
The invitation to prayer can be followed under the hashtag #PrayForTheWorld. To pray with Pope Francis you can access his official prayer profile on the Click To Pray platform (website, app and social networks).
With thanks to Vatican News, where this article originally appeared.