In its press release the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization said “in response to the Holy Father’s heartfelt wish, the month of May will be dedicated to a “marathon” of prayer, to ask for the end of the pandemic, which has afflicted the world for more than a year now, and to ask for the resumption of social and work activities.”
The initiative is being conducted in the light of the biblical expression: “Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God”. The press release further say “Together with the prayer of the Holy Rosary, each day of the month is characterized by a prayer intention for the various categories of people most affected by the plight of the pandemic.”
The Holy Father will open and close the prayer, along with the faithful around the world, from two significant locations within the Vatican City State.
Below please find the list of shrines and the press release.