Vatican City, Mar 13, 2020 / 04:03 am
Pope Francis offered his Mass on Friday for pastors, that they might discern well the proper measures to take to protect their parishioners during the coronavirus crisis without leaving them feeling abandoned.
"May the Lord give [pastors] the strength and also the ability to choose the best means to help," the pope said at the beginning of Mass March 13.
"Drastic measures are not always good," he added.
"Let's pray for this, that the Holy Spirit may give to pastors the ability for pastoral discernment so that they might provide measures which do not leave the holy, faithful people of God alone, and so that the people of God will feel accompanied by their pastors, comforted by the Word of God, by the sacraments, and by prayer."