Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for those infected with COVID-19 and all who have lost their lives from the coronavirus.
The Pope made the prayer in an Easter sermon that was live-streamed in an empty Saint Peter’s Basilica Cathedral that was usually filled with a congregation in previous Easter celebrations.
Pope Francis said. “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 also called for the reduction or forgiveness of the debt of poorer nations suffering in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “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”.
Pope Francis further admonished world leaders to embrace peace and called for an immediate ceasefire in conflicts all over the world.
“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 said.
The Head of the Church finally urged European nations to show “solidarity” in the face of a coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 109,000 lives worldwide.