Vatican City, Apr 8, 2020 / 02:30 am
Meditating on Christ's Passion can help us as we struggle with questions about God and suffering during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.
Speaking via livestream due to the pandemic, the pope urged Catholics April 8 to spend time in Holy Week sitting in silent prayer before a crucifix and reading the Gospels.
At a time when churches around the world are closed, "this will be for us, so to speak, like a great domestic liturgy," he said.
The suffering unleashed by the virus raises questions about God, the pope noted. "What is He doing in the face of our pain? Where is He when everything goes wrong? Why does He not solve our problems quickly?"