Bishops urge faithful to join Pope Francis in prayer

Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to deliver the "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas Day message from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, December 25, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Bishops of Malta and Gozo have urged the faithful to join Pope Francis in prayer on the Feast of Pentecost which will be marked on Sunday.

Pope Francis would have visited Malta this weekend. However, the visit was cancelled due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement issued by the Archbishop’s Curia, the bishops invited the faithful to pray for Pope Francis, for the Church, for the country and the whole world. The Bishops will be joining the Holy Father in prayer.

Bishop Mario Grech will join from the National Shrine of Our Lady Ta’ Pinu at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday while Archbishop Charles Scicluna will join from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mellieħa on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

These moments of prayer will be broadcast on TVM2 and on the social media channels of the Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo. The Bishops will be praying so that the Lord, in His Mercy, will endow our hearts with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and bless us with health in soul and body.

The announcement of the visit was made on the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck. In March it was announced that the visit had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. No new date has been set for the visit.

The plan was initially for the Pope to visit Malta for just one day, Sunday, however, plans were changed to extend the visit to cover the previous Saturday, which would have been today.

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