Pope Francis, has on Easter Sunday, offered special prayers for those killed and suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed more than 100,000 people worldwide, as at Saturday.
His words: “Today, my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died, and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell.”
The Pope delivered his special prayers through a live-streamed message, from an empty Saint Peter’s Basilica Easter Sunday Mass.
The Pope, on Sunday, also called for the reduction or forgiveness of the debt of poor nations suffering in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, saying: “May all nations be put in a position to meet the greatest needs of the moment, through the reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations.”
He further called for an “immediate” ceasefire in global conflict, and urged European nations to show “solidarity” in the face of the coronavirus global pandemic.
“May Christ our peace enlighten all who have a responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world”, the Pope prayed.