Urbi et Orbi Blessing – Friday 27th March, 5.00pm

Pope Francis invites all Christians to participate in a special time of prayer led by him at St Peter’s Square at 5.00pm on Friday 27th March 2020.
The ceremony will include readings from the Scriptures and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will conclude with the Pope imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing – which is usually held only twice per year, at Christmas and Easter – from the balcony over the entrance of St Peter’s Basilica.  The prayer and blessing will be live-streamed on the Vatican News website at 5.00 pm.
Pope Francis called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.
Speaking after the traditional recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father called on all Christians to join together in prayer. “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.”

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