Pope urges Catholics to pray in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic

Pope urges Catholics to pray in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic

Pope Francis invites all of us and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world.

This takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Acts of the Apostles (12:5).

The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world each has been entrusted with a particular intention of prayer for various groups of people affected by the tragedy.

Knock Shrine will celebrate Monday 10th May for all people with disabilities.

We encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic.

Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on Saturday 1st May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms.

Each day will see Vatican News ( https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html ) broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 5pm from the various Shines taking part in the initiative.

The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.