Vatican City, Mar 23, 2020 / 03:15 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday for people facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Let us pray today for those persons who are beginning to experience economic problems because of the pandemic, because they cannot work,” Pope Francis said March 23.
“All of this affects the family. We pray for those people who have this problem,” he said at the beginning of the daily Mass livestreamed from his residence in Vatican City.
The economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak have rippled across the globe in 2020. As restaurants, shopping centers, factories, and other businesses close throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, millions of people may lose their jobs.
According to Bloomberg, the global pandemic has caused the biggest decline in consumer confidence in the US economy since October 2008. The S&P 500 economic index sits at its lowest level since 2017, unemployment is rising, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tumbled.