Video: Pope leads world shrines prayer against pandemic on May 30

Pope Francis prays at a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens. Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Francis prays at a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens. Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis led the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic on May 30, the eve of Pentecost.

The pope prayed at the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens and was also joined by several “men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus,” the Vatican said on May 26. The service started at 5.30pm in Rome (11.30pm, Hong Kong, GMT +8).

“At the feet of Mary, the Holy Father will place the many troubles and sorrows of humanity, further worsened by the spread of Covid-19,” said a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.

According to the statement, the prayer, which coincides with the end of the Marian month of May, “is another sign of closeness and consolation for those who, in different ways, have been struck by the coronavirus, in the certainty that the Heavenly Mother will not disregard the requests for protection.”

Among those who will accompany the pope in praying the rosary will be a doctor and a nurse, a recovered patient as well as a person who lost a family member to Covid-19. Also taking part in the rosary will be a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist, a Civil Defense volunteer and his family, and a family that welcomed a new baby, “a sign of hope and the victory of life over death,” the pontifical council said.

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Shrines around the world connected to the event and took part in the prayer.

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