The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has invited believers of all religions and all people of goodwill to observe a Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Works of Charity on Thursday, May 14th (The Feast of St. Matthias) to implore divine help in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.

That through today’s works of prayer, fasting, and charity, all believers may be fruitful witnesses of the greatness of faith in God that unites divided hearts and elevates the human soul.

“Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.” Amen