Women religious call for 'Day of Worldwide Solidarity and Prayer'

Women religious around the world have called for a "Day of Worldwide Solidarity and Prayer" on Sunday, 22 March, to express closeness to those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Now is the time for each one of us to respond to the worldwide coronavirus crisis by being in solidarity with others, especially with those who are most vulnerable and most at risk," read a statement released by Sister Jolanta Kafka, president of the International Union of Superiors General.

She invited all members of the organization to make March 22, a day of worldwide solidarity and prayer especially for all those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"[It is a] special time for prayer and for witnessing through practical solidarity and awareness, our responsibility to care for one another," said the nun.

"This extraordinary time provides space for acts of generosity and expressions of gratitude especially to those who are in the frontline caring for the sick and those engaged in research projects searching for remedies, and those at work in the public services," said Sister Kafka.

"No matter who they are or where they are, they should know that they are in the thoughts and prayers of sisters worldwide," she added.

The nun also urged religious to follow the directives of the World Health Organization and the governments.

A prayer entitled “Lockdown” can be downloaded here.