Vatican City, Mar 14, 2020 / 03:54 am
Pope Francis offered his daily Mass on Saturday for families who must adjust to life with everyone at home, that they may stay peaceful and joyful during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We continue to pray for sick people in this pandemic,” the pope said before the start of Mass March 14, adding that he would also like to say a special prayer for families.
“Families, who from one day to the next find themselves with children at home because the schools are closed for safety, and who must manage a difficult situation and manage it well, with peace and also with joy,” he explained.
Francis also said he was thinking in a special way of families who have members with disabilities, noting that many day centers for people with disabilities are currently closed.
“Let us pray for families, so that they do not lose peace at this moment and are able to carry the whole family forward with fortitude and joy,” he said.
The pope’s morning Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta guesthouse is being livestreamed every day during the coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak of the virus around the world has resulted in schools closing and many people working from home or staying at home to help slow contagion. In some countries, like in Italy, people are under a forced quarantine and required to stay home except for select necessary reasons.
In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel: The parable of the prodigal son.