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Pope Francis has renewed his invitation for people of all faiths to unite in prayer, fasting, and works of charity today for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the weekly general audience, Pope Francis appealed for the Day of Prayer on 14 May launched by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.
“Prayer is a means to communicate with and listen to God. In this spirit, I have welcomed the invitation of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity to dedicate Thursday 14 May, to prayer, fasting, and works of charity.
“I invite and encourage everyone to join in this event. May we unite as brothers and sisters in asking the Lord to save humanity from the pandemic, to enlighten scientists, and to heal the sick. May the Lord bless each one of you, and always protect you from every evil."
The Pope had already expressed his support for the initiative saying: “Since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity for believers of all religions to unite spiritually this 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: 14 May, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and perform works of charity.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has announced his participation in the day and called on everyone from all religions to seek help from God and praying for an end the pandemic, using the hashtag launched by the Committee to participate in this event, #prayForHumanity.
Bishop Patrick McKinney has called on Catholics in England & Wales to prayer on 14 May, in solidarity with all people of faith for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop McKinney is the Bishops' Conference lead bishop for dialogue with other faiths.
Bishop McKinney said: “I warmly welcome the support of Pope Francis for the world-wide invitation to believers of all religions to unite spiritually on 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting and acts of charity.
“Please join me in prayer, in a little fasting, and in an act of charity today, as we pray in solidarity with people of faith all over the world for an end to the coronavirus pandemic”.