Following the Vatican’s announcement of a daily prayer of the rosary throughout May, Pope Francis has formally kick-started the event by leading the first prayer of the month at St. Peter’s Basilica with around 150 devotees in attendance.
Pope Francis spoke of a “wounded humanity”, bereaved by the suffering the pandemic has wrought across the globe, and prayed for “illumination” from the Virgin Mary for experts to find the means to end the virus’ spread and prevent any similar future tragedies.
He also praised the “heroic fatigue” of medical frontliners and their continued efforts.
With May being the month dedicated by the Catholic Church to the Virgin Mary, the daily rosary was planned accordingly.
The prayers will be conducted at various Marian (devoted to Mary) shrines including Fatima in Portugal and the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
Each rosary will take place at 4 p.m. GMT (12 a.m. the next day here in the Philippines), and be broadcasted internationally for devotees anywhere to join in.
Participants everywhere are urged to pray for the pandemic’s end, and a return to regular societal functioning.
Closing the event will also be Pope Francis, with a prayer at a Vatican Gardens chapel on May 31.
Throughout the Covid19 global pandemic’s course, the Argentinian pontiff has led numerous prayer activities and reduced capacity masses.
He also conducted a mass commemorating 500 years of Christianity in the country, earlier this year, which Filipinos all over the world were able to remotely participate in via digital media.
Covid19 has held the world in grip for over a year now, while locally more than 1 million total infections have been recorded, and a surge in cases continues.