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Pope prays for journalists covering coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis offered his early morning Mass for journalists and members of the media who, despite the risks, work tirelessly to inform the public of the ongoing pandemic.

“Let us pray today for the men and women who work in the communications media,” the pope said today, 6th May, at the start of his livestreamed Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

“In this time of pandemic, they take many risks and there is much work. May the Lord help them in their work of always transmitting the truth,” he said.

In his homily, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St John, in which Jesus proclaims that “whoever believes in me believes not only in me, but also in the one who sent me”.

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness,” Jesus said.

In presenting himself as the light, the pope explained, Jesus also promises to illuminate peoples’ lives through his word, which the apostles are called to proclaim throughout the world.

While there are those who “cannot accept the light” and “are slaves to darkness,” Christ continues to offer his light, which “makes us see freedom, it makes us see the truth, it makes us see the path on which to go,” the pope said.

Picture: Pope Francis arrives for Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 6th May 2020. The pope offered his early morning Mass for journalists and members of the media who, despite the risks, work tirelessly to inform the public of the ongoing pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).

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