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Pope Francis' Call to Prayer

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Pope Francis asked people to pray for the lonely, the elderly, doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, government authorities and the police. The pope also stressed the importance of praying for the dead during a recent Sunday morning Mass livestreamed from his residence in Vatican City. 

“These days we are hearing the news of so many people who are dying, men and women who are dying alone without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones. Let us think about them and pray for them,” Pope Francis said. 

“For families as well, who cannot accompany their loved ones on that journey, we pray in a special way for the dying and for their families,” the pope said. 

Many people feel powerless in the face of this pandemic. We see in a devastating way how widely a virus spreads person to person. We have confidence that God allows the good that we do, our prayer and our actions, to make a positive impact on brothers and sisters. As Pope Francis encourages us, “Let us call upon him today, firmly rooted in prayer, for without prayer all our activity risks being fruitless and our message empty.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 259)

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Protection from the Coronavirus

O Mary, you shine continuously 
on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, 
Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you 
participated in Jesus’ pain, 
with steadfast faith. 

You, Salvation of the Roman People, 
know what we need. 
We are certain that you 
will provide, so that, 
as you did at Cana of Galilee, 
joy and feasting might return 
after this moment of trial. 

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, 
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will 
and to do what Jesus tells us: 
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, 
and bore our sorrows to bring us, 
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. 

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. 

Amen. 

- Catholic News Agency