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Join Pope Francis in prayer TODAY at 1pm EST
March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing in Response to Coronavirus
Pope Francis will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica on Friday, March 27, TODAY.
“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican GO HERE, beginning at 6 pm Rome time or 1pm EST. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
“In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” the Pope said after Sunday’s Angelus.