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Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi Blessing on Friday Available on TV and Online

Pope Francis’ prayer service from the front of St. Peter’s Basilica and “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city of Rome and the world”) blessing in response to the coronavirus pandemic will be broadcast live on CatholicTV, both on television and online (, on Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m. (EST). In addition, it will be shown on tape delay by EWTN-TV, both on television and online (, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 11 p.m (both EST). The square will be empty, but he invited people across the world “to participate spiritually” in this prayer which, he explained, would include readings from the Scripture and adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

“We will listen to the Word of God, we will elevate our prayer, we will adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which will be annexed the possibility to receive a Plenary Indulgence,” said Pope Francis.

Pope Francis has also called on all Christians to join together in praying the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, at noon to implore God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the [coronavirus] pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.