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Cardinal Ayuso: It's necessary for religions to unite and plea for end to the pandemic


The pope recalled in the General Audience a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Charity Work directed toward followers of every religion, to call for an end to the coronavirus.

It will take place globally on Thursday, May 14. 

POPE FRANCIS
Let us pray together, as brothers and sisters, to the Lord, to save humanity from the pandemic, to enlighten scientists and to heal the sick.

One of the organizers of the day is Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso, the president of the Concil for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican.

CARD. MIGUEL ÁNGEL AYUSO
President, Pont. Council Interreligious Dialogue
“It was time to say, it is also beautiful and necessary, that we Catholics, together with the different Christian denominations and in communion with the different religious traditions, have a day of prayer, invocation, supplication, so this pandemic can end."

The cardinal proposes that believers invoke the God they worship, and those who do not follow a religion, nurture a spirit of solidarity or unity with humanity.

Organizers of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity include Christians, Muslims and Jews. In addition to prayer, they propose to live this day with fasting and works of charity.

CARD. MIGUEL ÁNGEL AYUSO
President, Pont. Council Interreligious Dialogue
“I believe that, with our good will in these times in which we live, we can do something positive on a personal, individual level. Perhaps it will start with the families themselves, those close to them, and extending it to everyone we can help and serve."

According to its organizers, willingness to participate has increased on every continent, and among people of all religions. The day of fasting, prayer and good works was also publicly supported by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General.

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