EUROPE/ITALY - All Italy in prayer on the evening of March 19

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 episcopal conferences  


Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) has promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country, inviting every family, every faithful, every religious community to pray the Rosary, the Mysteries of light, symbolically united, at home at 9 pm on Thursday 19 March, feast of St. Joseph, custodian of the Holy Family. The Chaldean Catholic Church, by the express will of Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, will spiritually join the initiative of the Italian Church. This participation is added to the solidarity expressed by many other Bishops’ Conferences around the world, starting with the Eastern European Churches, which ensure their proximity to Italy.
The prayer of the Rosary will also be accompanied by a simple sign: expose a small white cloth or a burning candle from their house windows, symbols of hope and the light of faith. "From our homes - says Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of CEI - the supplication of his children is raised to the Father, so that the Lord, good and merciful, may give the strength of his Spirit to doctors and health workers, enlighten researchers , guide rulers, instill vigor in the bodies of the elderly and children, remove fear, give everyone, especially the sick, the consolation of his Son Jesus". TV2000 will offer the opportunity to share prayer. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 18/3/2020)