On Easter Monday, Pope Francis recited the Regina Caeli from the Vatican Library in the Apostolic Palace.
Speaking underneath Pietro Perugino’s painting of the Resurrection, he spoke on how it was women who first “proclaimed Jesus’s Resurrection to the disciples,” and took the time to reflect on women’s contributions during the coronavirus crisis.
“Today I would like to recall with you what many women do, even during this health crisis, to take care of others: women doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers and prison officers, employees of shops for basic necessities, and many mothers and sisters who find themselves locked in their homes with the whole family, with children, the elderly, the disabled.”
Pope Francis spoke how during life under lockdown, that “sometimes they are at risk of being subjected to violence, due to a living situation in which they bear a burden that is far too heavy.”
Finally he asked that Catholics everywhere pray for these women that the Lord may give them strength.
“Let us pray for them, that the Lord may give them strength and that our communities may support them together with their families. Remain united in prayer and in the commitment to help each other as brothers and sisters. I pray for them all. And don’t forget that the pope prays for you, he is close to you.”