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Shrines worldwide join Pope Francis to pray for those affected by coronavirus


For Catholics, May is the month of Our Lady. That's why Marian shrines from around the world will be part of the rosary Pope Francis will lead from the Vatican alongside those affected by the pandemic. It will take place May 30.

The health emergency has prevented many people from visiting sanctuaries to pray to Our Lady. This initiative is an attempt to revitalize them. In fact, the sanctuaries themselves are promoting the event. They are finalizing preparations so the ceremony respects stringent security measures. The goal is to pray with the pope and remind Catholics of the maternal figure of Our Lady.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization is organizing the event. On its website, they explain that at least 11 sanctuaries will participate. Among them are that of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, that of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and that of Our Lady of Peace of Ivory Coast, in Africa. From Europe, the sanctuaries of Fatima and Lourdes will also join. The participation of the latter is particularly significant because it is a place especially dedicated to the sick.

Javier Romero

Translation: Claudia Torres