Millions worldwide to pray Our Father for end to pandemic

As more than 18,600 people have died from the Coronavirus, and many more are ill, Pope Francis has invited all Christians around the world, to join together in praying the Our Father on 25 March, for an end to the pandemic.

On Sunday he said: "In these trying days, while humanity trembles in face of the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven."

He called "the Heads of the Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us" - the Our Father."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said:"I'll be praying the Lord's Prayer with Pope Francis and millions around the world tomorrow. Please join us wherever you are. Prayer unites us in testing times."

The Church of England is encouraging everyone to share a photo or video online using the hashtag #PrayTogether.

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit welcomed the invitation and the opportunity for so many people to participate in a united prayer for all of humanity as the world faces the pandemic of COVID-19.

"As people across the globe are in their scattered working places at home, we will have the opportunity to unite our voices in praying to God with the words that our Lord Jesus Christ taught us" said Tveit. "At this challenging time, prayerful activities that unite us are a reminder that we are one human family."

The Our Father, followed by the Angelus and Rosary, will be live streamed at noon Rome time (11am in the UK and Ireland) on Vatican news: and a recording will available to watch on Vatican news and the Vatican Youtube channel later.

See also: The Pope Video: #PrayForTheWorld

Tags: Our Father, Angelus, Coronavirus , COVID19 , Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi, #PrayTogether, #PrayForThe World

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