Pope announces extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope has announced that on the Friday 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said. 

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time (4 am AEDT Saturday 28 March).

You can watch the broadcast and participate this time of prayer via the Vatican's YouTube channel available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA