- Apr 2, 2020
From the moment he was introduced to the world after his election, Pope Francis has emphasized his identity as “the bishop of Rome.”
While Pope Francis’s Way of the Cross service on Good Friday has been transferred to the Vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic, the meditations focus, as always, on those who share the pain, suffering and heartbreak that characterized Christ’s passion and death.
On the Friday before Holy Week, Pope Francis asked people to keep a long tradition of Catholic piety by focusing on “the suffering and sorrows of Our Lady.”
In a recent interview Vatican Secretary of State Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to practice solidarity with others, particularly developing nations that lack the medical and social resources to fight a pandemic.
Remembering St. John Paul II and the 15th anniversary of his death, Pope Francis encouraged people to pray for his intercession and trust in Divine Mercy, especially during these “difficult days” of the coronavirus pandemic.
During his livestreamed daily morning Mass, Pope Francis prayed that the coronavirus pandemic may awaken people’s consciences to the plight of homeless men and women suffering in the world.