Gwen Aviles 12h ago / 7:24 PM UTCPope Francis presides over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 27, 2020.Yara Nardi / Pool via AFP via Getty ImagesPope Francis delivered a special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to an empty St. Peter’s Square on Friday, praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. “Urbi et Orbi,” which means “to the city and to the world,” is a prayer that can be led only by the pope and is reserved for solemn occasions, such as Easter, Christmas or the installation of a new pope. “You ask us not to be afraid, but our faith is weak, and we are fearful. But Lord, do not leave us to the mercy of the storm,” Francis said during the prayer. “Tell us again, ‘Do not be afraid.’ And we together with Peter will cast all our anxieties to you, because we know that you care for us.”St. Peter’s Square has been empty for weeks because of Italy’s national lockdown. More than 80,000 coronavirus cases and more than 9,000 deaths have been recorded in Italy as of Friday, making it the third most affected country. Minyvonne Burke13h ago / 6:48 PM UTCDisability rights groups

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