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.
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
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.
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
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
many, Pope Francis’s Mass became a staple for coping with the adverse effects
of the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
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.
here to order Life after the Pandemic.
here to order Strong in the Face of Tribulation.