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May 14: day for peoples of all religions to pray, fast and do charitable works to end coronavirus

Pope Francis announced that May 14 will be a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Charitable Works to end COVID-19. The initiative came from The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, who proposes that everyone, regardless of religion, participate.

I accepted the proposal of the High Committee for the Human Fraternity, so believers of all religions will spiritually unite on May 14 in a day of prayer and fasting and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic

The UN's Secretary-General, António Guterres, also tweeted his support for the “moment for reflection, hope and faith.”

This day is part of the Committee's task to share the message of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. The pope signed it in Abu Dhabi in February 2019 with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. 

Now, more than a year after the signing of the Document, the members invite all religious leaders and people to ask God to bless and safeguard the world, so it will be better than before the pandemic. 

Melissa Butz