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CHRISTIAN LEADERS PRAY FOR END TO PANDEMIC

Joined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, imploring God’s mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic. “As trusting sons and daughters, we turn to the Lord. We do it every day, several times a day, but at this moment we want to implore mercy for all of humanity so harshly tried by the coronavirus pandemic,” the Pope said yesterday as he introduced the prayer. “We will do so together, Christians of every church and community, of every age, language and nation,” he said. “We pray for the sick and their families, for health workers and those who help them, for civic leaders, police and volunteers and for the ministers of our communities,” the Pope said. Holding the prayer on the feast of the Annunciation, when the angel told Mary she would bear God’s son, Pope Francis said that “with full confidence we, too, place ourselves in God’s hands, and with one heart and soul, we pray.” ........ By Cindy Wooden, CNS via NCR Online - Cathnews 26.03.20