Dear brothers and sisters of Europe,
As Presidents of the two bodies representing the Bishops’ Conferences of European countries, we turn to you so that, at this difficult time when we are sorely tested by the pandemic caused by COVID-19, together we can raise our common prayer to God for help, comfort and salvation.
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies,
look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation
and relief, deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil. We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever.
Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us!
May our blessing be with you,
Jean-Claude Card. Hollerich SJ
Archbishop of Luxembourg
President of COMECE
Angelo Card. Bagnaso
Archbishop of Genoa
President of CCEE