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Tue, August 04, 2020

Join the Holy Father in praying for the World

Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary responses and this is one of those times in the history of humanity. We have got to deploy all the weapons in our arsenal both physical and spiritual, to fight this rampaging monster that seems to be levelling everything human in its way. This explains the call by the Holy Father for the whole world to join him in prayers seeking the intervention of the heavenly powers, as it does seem that all earthly efforts are failing us.
 
After the Angelus last Sunday, the Holy Father remarked:  “In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” He went further to invite all the recite the Our Father, (the prayer Jesus taught us) together today Wednesday 25th March at noon, (which I imagine we did), and to do that several times every day. 
 
Once again, the Holy Father invites us to join in observing a period of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration on Friday 27th March at 5.00pm (UK time). During this time too His Holiness will impart an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing. This will be streamed on Vatican News and will mostly be accessible through channels like EWTN.
 
The term Urbi et Orbi (which means "for the city and for the world) is a phrase that is applied especially to the solemn blessing the Holy Father imparts on certain occasions—Holy Thursday, Easter, the feasts of Sts Peter and Paul, etc.— from the balcony of the chief basilicas of the city. It is also imparted on extraordinary occasions or times e.g.: when a new Pope is elected, Jubilee or holy year or for the benefit of pilgrims.
 
This blessing carries a plenary indulgence—complete remission before God of the temporal punishment for sin the guilt of which is already forgiven. Of course we must remember that, in imparting such extraordinary blessings, the Holy Father draws from the treasury of the Church, which is not like a hoard of material wealth accumulated over the centuries, but the ‘infinite and inexhaustible value which the expiation  and merits of Christ have in the sight of God’.
 
You are all welcome to join the Holy Father in praying for the world at this great challenging time and to receive his Papal blessings.

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