Urbi et Orbi (Pandemic)

Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi Blessing ‘to the City and the World’

Pope Francis gave a special Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday 27 March 2020 from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica. Usually an event reserved only for Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, this extraordinary and moving blessing was held in keeping with the gravity of the current global situation, as more than half of the world’s population is confined to their homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Standing in a deserted St. Peter’s Square with a steady rain falling, Pope Francis spoke to the world through all the means of modern communication: Facebook, YouTube, TV, and radio.
Read his full address here
Following his address in St Peter’s Square Pope Francis quietly venerated the Icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani and the Miraculous Crucifix. He then moved into the portico of the basilica where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for Adoration. After a period of silent prayer and a litany, Pope Francis gave Benediction.
This was an incredibly solemn and beautiful moment of corporate prayer of the faithful from all over the world.