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Friday, March 27, 2020, noon CDT (6 p.m. Rome time)

Pope Francis invites all Catholics and Christians Around the World to Come Together in Prayer on Friday, Mar. 27, 2020

The Holy See has issued an invitation for all Catholics and Christians around the world to participate in a special prayer with the Holy Father. Pope Francis will grant all participants the plenary indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing, a special apostolic blessing given by the Pope on certain solemn occasions. A plenary indulgence is a remission of the total temporal punishment that is still due to sin after absolution. The blessing will take place in St. Peter’s Square. Catholics and Christians around the world are invited to participate and view the live broadcast on Mondovision to be streamed on the Vatican News website,

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Cardinal Blase Cupich Offers New Video Message to Children and Families

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, offers a new message of hope and encouragement to children and families. In his video message, Cardinal Cupich expresses his gratitude and appreciation for the partnerships made among parents, family members and guardians as they deliver at-home instruction to students during one of the most unprecedented times in recent history. Cardinal Cupich also asks that the faithful continue to pray for each other and to ask for the protection of our heavenly Father.

Cardinal Cupich’s message can be viewed here:
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