Vatican City, Mar 19, 2020 / 03:45 am
On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the protector of families and the Church, Catholics in Italy will pray the rosary together from their homes for protection from the coronavirus.
Pope Francis said he will also be praying the rosary from his home at the Vatican.
“Mary, Mother of God, health of the sick, leads us to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and to her Heart, to whom we turn with the prayer of the rosary, under the loving gaze of St. Joseph, Custodian of the Holy Family and of our families,” he said March 18.
The Italian bishops have asked people across Italy to pray the rosary together March 19 at 9:00 pm.
A rosary will be live broadcast at that hour on the local Catholic television station and online from Rome's Basilica of St. Joseph al Trionfale.
The president of the Italian bishops' conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, has also invited families to place a lit candle in the window of their home at that time.
Bassetti said he will be the first "to join in the prayer that will unite us in emphasizing faith, hope and, above all, that love which becomes a red thread from the Valley d'Aosta to Sicily, the red thread of charity, which is much stronger than the red zone."