Pope Francis addressed the empty St. Peter’s Square with an appeal to “Castle and Peace,” during which he prayed for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, RBC reports. Urbi et Orbi’s prayer is usually said by the Pope on Christmas and Catholic Easter. This time he read it because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 83-year-old pontiff performed at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The public access to it has been closed since March 10.
The Pope read an excerpt from the Gospel of St. Mark about Jesus Christ and his disciples caught in a storm. He compared the coronavirus pandemic to the storm.
“All of us were taken by surprise by an unexpected and fierce storm, and we all suddenly noticed that we are in the same boat, equally fragile and confused. <…> It is very easy to recognize yourself in this story,” he said, addressing the believers. In this regard, he cited the words of Jesus: “Why are you so afraid? Don’t you have faith?”