ROME – Pope Francis sent his prayers to the sickened people and killed by the corona virus, Last Sunday Pope Francis Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity and gave special prayers with all those affected by this affliction.
“I would like also to be close to and pray for the people who are sick because of the virus that has spread through China,” Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing.
“May the Lord welcome the dead into his peace, comfort families and sustain the great commitment by the Chinese community that has already been put in place to combat the epidemic,” he said.
According to the WHO, cases of acute pneumonia caused by the new virus were reported in Wuhan City of China’s Hubei Province. As of late Sunday, 198 cases in total had been reported in Wuhan, including three deaths. Two other cases have been detected in Thailand and Japan with health authorities in both countries saying the patients had visited Wuhan prior to their hospitalization.
The new corona virus strain has caused alarm because of its connection to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03. The coronavirus has infected nearly 2,000 people and killed at least 56, all in China, officials there have said.