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Holy See: Pope Francis delivers special prayer against coronavirus02:41

Holy See: Pope Francis delivers special prayer against coronavirus

Holy See (Vatican City State), Vatican City
March 27, 2020 at 21:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pope Francis celebrated an extraordinary ceremony on Friday at the Vatican, amid the rising global death toll from the novel coronavirus.

The pope called for unity against the virus, saying "we are not self-sufficient by ourselves. We sink if we are by ourselves."

"Lord, bless the world, give health to bodies and comfort to hearts. You ask us not to be afraid but our faith is weak and we are fearful. Don't leave us at the mercy of the storm," Francis said against the backdrop of an empty and rain-covered St. Peter's Square.

The pope's 'Urbi et Orbi' (To The City and the World) blessing, usually delivered at Christmas and Easter, was broadcast on Italian state TV.

On Friday, Italy registered 919 new deaths from the virus, its highest daily death toll. The country now has 86,498 cases, with 9,134 deaths and 10,950 recovered as of Friday evening, according to Italian news.

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Pope Francis celebrated an extraordinary ceremony on Friday at the Vatican, amid the rising global death toll from the novel coronavirus.

The pope called for unity against the virus, saying "we are not self-sufficient by ourselves. We sink if we are by ourselves."

"Lord, bless the world, give health to bodies and comfort to hearts. You ask us not to be afraid but our faith is weak and we are fearful. Don't leave us at the mercy of the storm," Francis said against the backdrop of an empty and rain-covered St. Peter's Square.

The pope's 'Urbi et Orbi' (To The City and the World) blessing, usually delivered at Christmas and Easter, was broadcast on Italian state TV.

On Friday, Italy registered 919 new deaths from the virus, its highest daily death toll. The country now has 86,498 cases, with 9,134 deaths and 10,950 recovered as of Friday evening, according to Italian news.

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