On Saturday, Pope Francis will be praying a rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the pandemic.
He will be praying live from the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, the eve of Pentecost, starting 11:30 a.m. EDT. Joining him in Rome will be “men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus,” including a doctor and a nurse, a recovered patient and a person who lost a family member to COVID-19.
This artificial cave in the Vatican gardens, built between 1902-1905, is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto found in France. Pope Leo XIII called for its construction, but it was inaugurated by his successor, Pope St. Pius X in 1905.
But the pope won’t be praying alone, joining Francis through the live stream will be some of the world’s most famous Marian shrines.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Vatican’s Council for New Evangelization, sent a letter earlier this month to the rector of shrines around the world, in which he asked them to join in the initiative by praying the rosary at the same time, streaming it live and promoting the initiative through social media with the hashtag #preghiamoinsieme and its translation to the local language, which in English would be #wepraytogether.
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