Pope Francis on Friday prays in empty St. Peter’s Square, a few steps from the central gate of the Vatican basilica kept completely open, in front of a deserted San Pietro square, Francesco was standing in silence, behind him the image of the Salus Populi Romani and the Crucifix of San Marcello, respectively the Byzantine icon of Maria preserved in Santa Maria Maggiore and the crucifix object of the veneration of the Romans who in 1500 a tradition tells saved the city from the plague.
Below six candelabra illuminate the silent churchyard, on this Friday transformed by the bishop of Rome into a moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Televisions around the world are connected live, for an unprecedented event.
what did Pope Francis say about coronavirus?
“We found ourselves afraid and lost,” says the Pope. And again, “all fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and necessary, all called to row together, all in need of comforting each other”. We all like the disciples repeat that “we are lost”. We too “realized that we cannot go on each on his own, but only together”.
“the time to choose what matters and what passes, to separate what is necessary from what is not”. In these days, he says, “we can look at many exemplary travel companions, who, in fear, have reacted by giving their lives. It is the working force of the Spirit poured out and molded into courageous and generous dedications. It is the life of the Spirit capable of redeeming, enhancing and showing how our lives are woven and supported by ordinary people – usually forgotten – who do not appear in the headlines of newspapers and magazines or in the big catwalks of the last show but without doubt, the decisive events of our history are writing today: doctors, nurses and nurses, supermarket workers, cleaners, carers, law enforcement, volunteers, priests, religious and many but many others who have understood that no one he saves himself “.
“In the face of suffering, where the true development of our peoples is measured, we discover and experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: ‘that all are one’. How many people exercise patience and instill hope every day, taking care not to sow panic but How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and grandmothers, teachers show our children, with small and daily gestures, how to face and go through a crisis by readjusting habits, looking up and stimulating prayer. How many people pray, offer and intercede for good of all. Prayer and silent service: they are our winning weapons “.
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