On Sunday, Pope Francis streamed his midday Angelus address from the Library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace – a different location than his normal spot in the now-empty Saint Peter’s Square because of the coronavirus.
At the end of his address, he appealed for every Catholic to pray the Our Father today at noon for protection against the coronavirus.
“In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven. I, therefore, invite everyone to do this several times a day, but all together, to recite the Our Father this coming Wednesday, 25 March, at noon, all together. ”
Pope Francis said by praying in unison on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, “we remain united” in responding “to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and of tenderness.”
“On that day on which many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.”
He accompanied with his request a special edition of his The Pope Video where he shares his monthly prayer intentions. Watch below:
“Let us all pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin. I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to.”