Faith leaders across the globe are making a call to people of all faiths to join in a Day of Prayer for Humanity on Thursday May 14th.
The Vatican has also invited “believers of all religions and people of goodwill to spiritually unite themselves in a Day of prayer, fasting and works of charity, to implore the divine to help humanity in overcoming the pandemic caused by corona virus.”
This will not involve any gatherings of people but everyone is invited to participate privately.
Pope Francis was co-signatory to the “Document of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was born of a fraternal open discussion between Francis and Tayeb, and it is a guide on advancing a “culture of mutual respect”. A Higher Committee for Human Fraternity was formed to advance its aims.
The Higher Committee, in a statement on May 6th, says that it reaffirms the role of medicine and scientific research in fighting this pandemic, but we should not forget to seek refuge in God, as we face this severe crisis.
“May each of us, wherever we are, and according to the teachings of our own respective faith traditions and philosophies, seek divine help to rescue ourselves and the entire world from this adversity, to inspire scientists to find a cure for the virus and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic.”