Taken from America, The Jesuit Review, May 2020, “Pope Francis joins Muslim leaders in calling for world day of prayer to end the coronavirus” by Gerard O’Connell.

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

The appeal calls on believers in God worldwide to hold “a day for fasting, prayer and supplications” on May 14. It continues that “each one acording to the teachings of (his or her) religion, faith or sect, should implore God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity, to inspire scientists to find a cure that can turn back this disease, and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic.

Pope Francis also emphasized this call while addressing a virtual global audience by Vatican media on Sunday, May 3. He said, “Remember, May 14, all believers together, believers of the different (religious) traditions, to pray, to fast, and to do works of charity.”

In whatever way possible, please join our brothers and sisters from all over the world on May 14 in prayer, fasting, and doing works of charity.

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