Pope Francis noted the importance of the media’s work to unite and inform people during the coronavirus pandemic. The Pope wrote about this in his address to members of the Association of Catholic Press on Tuesday, June 30.
“The experience of recent months has shown how important the mission of the media is to help people feel united by bringing [them] closer together and reducing the distance between them, by informing about all that is necessary and important and by opening minds and hearts to the truth,” he pointed out.
On March 16, the Pope left the Vatican to pray for a world free of the COVID-19 pandemic. He performed a prayer service in two Roman basilicas, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Marcello Al Corso, where the miraculous crucifixion is kept. At the end of March, Francis called on all heads of Christian churches and leaders of Christian communities, together with all believers, to offer a prayer to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.
An outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus occurred in Wuhan, China in late December. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a coronavirus pandemic on March 11.