Saturday, 09 May 2020 09:12

Pope Francis sets Day of prayer, fasting and charity with People of all faith


On May 14, 2020, the Catholic faithful are asked to Pray, Fast and do Acts of Charity to end COVID-19 Pandemic. This is the call made by Pope Francis on Mary 3 after praying the Regina Coeli from the Library of the Apostolic Vatican Palace .

Pope Francis | Photo from Vatican News

Bishop Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila heeds the call of the Holy Father as he released a Pastoral Instruction entitled, “Let us be one with the whole Church”.

“I ask our faithful in the Archdiocese to fully participate in this activity. To make our act of charity concrete.  I invite everyone to extend material help to at least one person within your reach, no matter the amount, to make that person/s feel the care we have for each other,” he said.

The prelate said the event is in line with the celebration of the Year of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue as it will be participated not only by Christians but also by people from faith to implore the Almighty to end the coronavirus pandemic that is has been ravaging the whole world.

“Being in the Year of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, this is a very concrete sign of common activity of all religions since prayer, fasting, and acts of love are common to all, and we are all affected by this pandemic,” he said.

According to Vatican News, Pope Francis accepted the Proposal of the celebration on May 14, 2020, from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

“Since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity so that next May 14 believers of all religions unite spiritually in a Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: May 14, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and do works of charity,” Pope Francis said.

The Higher Committee for Human Fraternity is an organization that was created after Pope Francis met with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and together signed the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. The document is a joint statement that calls for the reconciliation of people of goodwill in service of universal peace. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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