St. Gallen (Agenzia Fides) - From Ash Wednesday, and throughout Lent, the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the European continent invite people to pray for the victims of the pandemic. As the note sent to Agenzia Fides informs, on many occasions, the Bishops from all over Europe have joined their voice to that of Pope Francis to reiterate the closeness of the Church to all those who struggle because of the coronavirus: the victims and their families, the sick and health workers, volunteers and all those who are at the forefront in this delicate moment.
Throughout Lent, they are launching a prayer network, a Eucharistic chain, for the more than 770,000 people who have died in Europe due to Covid-19. "We evaluated together the opportunity and even the duty to remember, during the Holy Mass, the victims, the many victims of the pandemic - said Cardinal Bagnasco, President of CCEE by launching this initiative. Each European Episcopal Conference has undertaken to organize at least one Mass. it will be like creating a chain of prayer, a Eucharistic chain in memory and in suffrage of so many people. In this prayer we also want to remember the families who have suffered mourning and all those who are still affected by the disease at this time and are uncertain about their lives".
The initiative, which will involve all the Episcopal Conferences of Europe according to a precise calendar, aims to offer a sign of communion and hope for the entire Continent: "we bishops of Europe - adds the President of CCEE - are all united alongside our Christian communities, our priests, grateful to all those who continue to dedicate themselves to the people most in need, to support their commitment with our word and above all with our prayer so that we can look to a better future together". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 16/2/2021)