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Pope Francis releases second book of pandemic homilies

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Vatican News
 
While the world was overtaken by a silent and unseen virus Pope Francis did not remain silent or unseen. He immediately made his voice heard through various ways and allowed the entire world to see their shepherd at prayer.

Now the Vatican has released the second book of Pope Francis’ pandemic homilies Life after the Pandemic. 

‘In the early months of 2020, Pope Francis frequently reflected on the coronavirus ­pandemic as it took hold on the human family,’ says Cardinal Michael Czerny in the preface to Life after the Pandemic which offers ‘eight significant spoken and written texts’ of Pope Francis from 27 March to 22 April.

This new book responds to two objectives, writes Cardinal Czerny. ‘The first is to suggest direction, keys, ­­­and guidelines for rebuilding a better world that might be born from this crisis of humanity. The second objective is to sow hope.’ 

This is the second book of the Pope’s homilies released to accompany people through the pandemic. Strong in the Face of Tribulation is the companion volume to Life after the Pandemic and contains all of Pope Francis’s homilies delivered daily from 9 March to 18 May.  

As a sign of his closeness to those who were ill, under quarantine, or for whatever reason, were unable to leave their homes, Pope Francis began transmitting his daily morning Mass as Italy went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

From 9 March to 18 May, the Mass Pope Francis celebrated every morning was transmitted throughout the world. Thousands of people, regardless of religious affiliation watched or listened through the various Vatican Media channels, and other radio and televisions stations or digital platforms that picked up the transmission.

For many, Pope Francis’s Mass became a staple for coping with the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. 

The book, Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Sure Support in Time of Trial, the text also contains blessings and prayers, including the prayer used during the extraordinary moment of prayer with Pope Francis on 27 March; as well as the decrees of the Apostolic Penitentiary regarding the special indulgences granted because of the special circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fr Giulio Cesareo, editorial director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Publishing House), underlined how important Pope Francis’s homilies were. ‘He is a father,’ Father Giulio said, ‘a spiritual guide who accompanied us as we lived that period. His homilies are precious because they are not only valid for back then. We still experience conflicts, shame, difficulties in praying. We were perhaps more receptive and attentive to what he told us back then. But it is important to keep his words with us so as to allow ourselves to be continually nourished by the beautiful things he said that concern life’.

The booklet that accompanied people as they lived through faith the first phase of the pandemic could also be a concrete keepsake of the closeness of both Pope Francis and our Lord at this devastating time.

Click here to order Life after the Pandemic.

Click here to order Strong in the Face of Tribulation.

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