Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the world” in promoting the initiative so that individuals, families and communities all take part in reciting the Rosary, “to pray for the end of the pandemic,” said the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
“It is the heartfelt desire of the Holy Father that the month of May be dedicated to a prayer marathon dedicated to the theme, ‘from the entire Church an unceasing prayer rises to God,'” it said.
The theme refers to the miraculous event recounted in the Acts of the Apostles (12:1-12) when all the Church prayed for Peter, who was imprisoned until God sent an angel to free him, illustrating how the Christian community comes together to pray in the face of danger and how the Lord listens and performs an unexpected miracle.
Each day in May, there will be a livestream from one of 30 chosen Marian shrines or sanctuaries to guide the prayer at 6pm Rome time (5pm UK time) on all Vatican media platforms.
The pope will open the month-long prayer on 1st May and conclude it on 31st May, the council said.
Picture: Anabel Mutune, a third grader at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale, Minn., prays during a Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage at Transfiguration Church in this file photo, dated 7th October 2020. Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon during the Marian month of May to petition God for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit).