Book marks 1st anniversary of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing as pandemic swept world

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Vatican City, Mar 27, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- The Vatican Dicastery for Communication has released a ebook marking the primary anniversary of Pope Francis’ extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” blessing as the coronavirus pandemic swept the world.

Pope Francis presided over a time of solemn prayer and Eucharistic adoration on March 27, 2020, before providing the blessing in an empty, rainswept St. Peter’s Square.

As hospitals struggled to look after an enormous wave of sufferers contaminated by COVID-19, the pope spoke about faith and trust in God, reflecting on the disciples’ expertise when their boat was caught in a violent storm.

“We now have an anchor: by his cross we now have been saved. We now have a rudder: by his cross we've got been redeemed. We've a hope: by his cross we have now been healed and embraced so that nothing and nobody can separate us from his redeeming love,” Francis said in the course of the event, generally known as the Statio Orbis.

The new e-book -- “Why Are You Afraid? Have You No Faith?” -- is being launched all over the world in several languages via a collaboration between the Vatican Publishing House and the French writer Bayard. The English version is revealed together with OSV.

A press statement from the Dicastery for Communication explained that the ebook consisted of texts and pictures associated to the blessing.

It stated: “They are accompanied by a quick however intense dialogue with Pope Francis, who, a yr on from the Statio Orbis, recollects: ‘I was in touch with the individuals. I used to be not alone, at that second…’”

“And in response to the question on what gave him power and hope in that intense and dramatic second, Francis replies: ‘Kissing the ft of the Crucified Jesus all the time provides hope. He knows what it means to walk and he understands quarantine, as a result of they put two nails there to hold him nonetheless. Jesus’ ft are a compass in individuals’s lives.’”