VATICAN CITY (RNS) – As many countries slowly attempt a return to normalcy, easing the safety measures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis has called for an international moment of prayer to entrust humanity to the Lord and the Virgin Mary on Saturday (May 3o) the day before Pentecost, the feast marking the birth of the church.

“At the feast of Mary, the Holy Father will present the many anxieties and suffering of humanity, made worse by the diffusion of Covid-19,” read the press release by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization, which is sponsoring the moment of prayer.

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