“United in prayer to invoke the help and help of the Virgin Mary in the pandemic and to entrust all humanity to the Lord”. Saturday 30 May, at 5.30 pm, Pope Francis he will preside over the recitation of the rosary from the Grotto of Lourdes, in the Vatican Gardens. The Marian celebration, broadcast live on television, is promoted by the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the new evangelization, on the theme “assiduous and agree in prayer, together with Mary (Acts 1:14)”. Shrines of the world will join the prayer, with a special involvement of families, recalls a statement from the Pontifical Council itself. “A moment of worldwide prayer for those who intend to unite with Pope Francis on the eve of Pentecost Sunday”.
The dozens will be recited by some women and men representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus. There will be, informs the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, a doctor and a nurse, for all the health personnel working on the front lines in hospitals; a healed person and one who has lost a family member, for all those who have been personally touched by the coronavirus; a priest, hospital chaplain, and a nun nurse, for all priests and consecrated persons close to those who are suffering from the disease; a pharmacist and a journalist, for all the people who continued to perform their service in favor of others even during the pandemic period; a Civil Protection volunteer with his family, for those who have worked to cope with this emergency and for the whole vast world of volunteering; and a young family, to which a child was born, in this period, a sign of hope and the victory of life over death.
“At the feet of Mary the Holy Father will place the many worries and pains of humanity, further aggravated by the spread of Covid-19 – reads the note -. The appointment for the end of the Marian month is a further sign of closeness and comsolation for those who, in various ways, have been affected by coronavirus, in the certainty that Heavenly Mother does not ignore requests for protection “.
The largest shrines from all five continents will connect: from Europe, Lordes, Fatima, San Giovanni Rotondo, Pompeii, Czestochowa; from the United States of America, the Immaculate Conception shrine (Washington D.C.); from Africa, the sanctuary of Elele (Nigeria) and Notre-Dame de la Paix (Ivory Coast); from Latin America, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), Chiquinquira (Colombia), Lujan and MIlagro (Argentina).
G.A. (source Sir)