- Apr 4, 2020
With so much suffering associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis asked people to reflect on whether they were feeling real compassion and sorrow for what was happening.
On Sunday Pope Francis made his own an appeal issued by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, calling for a global ceasefire to armed conflicts amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, allowing humanitarian aid to reach those most vulnerable to infection.
Following a particularly deadly week for Italians inflicted with the COVID-19 coronavirus, Pope Francis on Sunday urged Christians everywhere from different confessions to unite in shared moments of prayer, including several he will be leading at the Vatican.
On Sunday Pope Francis urged transparency in one’s relationship with God and gave a shout-out to priests who are finding “creative” ways to support and be with their people as Italy’s COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown continues.
In a Sunday Angelus message livestreamed by the Vatican rather than delivered in front of a live crowd in St. Peter’s Square as a precaution, Pope Francis expressed his closeness in prayer to those suffering from the epidemic and also renewed his “great apprehension” for unarmed victims of Syria’s civil war.
Christians should follow the example of Jesus in the desert by never trying to dialogue with the devil when tempted, Pope Francis said.