Vatican City, Mar 17, 2020 / 02:21 am
Pope Francis prayed Tuesday for the elderly, who are suffering from isolation, loneliness, and fear during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I would like us to pray today for the elderly who are suffering in this moment in a special way, with a very great interior solitude and sometimes with so much fear," the pope said March 17.
"Let us pray to the Lord [that he will] be close to our grandfathers, our grandmothers, all the elderly and give them strength," he added. "They gave us wisdom, life, history. We are also close to them with prayer."
Pope Francis is offering his daily Mass in the chapel of the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta guesthouse for those affected by the global coronavirus outbreak.