Cover image of “Strong in the Face of Tribulation”. Photo: Vatican News

A spiritual staple to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic

Sister Bernadette Mary Reis

As a sign of his closeness to those who were ill, under quarantine, or who for other reasons were unable to leave their homes, Pope Francis had transmitted his daily morning Masses.

From March to May, the Papal Masses were transmitted throughout the world through the various Vatican media channels as well as other radio and televisions stations and digital platforms that picked up the transmissions. For many, the Masses were a staple for coping with the adverse effects of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

Digital edition

Playbacks of the Masses and summaries of Pope Francis’ homilies are now accessible through the Vatican News’ YouTube channel and web portal. The complete texts of his homilies are also made available, complete with English translations.

Entitled Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Sure Support in Time of Trial, the book also contains blessings and prayers, including the prayer used during the Extraordinary Moment of Prayer with the Pope on March 27, as well as the decrees of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the special indulgences granted because of the special circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Father Giulio Cesareo, Editorial Director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Publishing House), underlined how important these homilies were. “He is a father, a spiritual guide who accompanied us as we lived that period. His homilies are precious because they are not only valid for back then.

“We still experience conflicts, shame, difficulties in praying. We were perhaps more receptive and attentive to what he told us back then. But it is important to keep his words with us so as to allow ourselves to be continually nourished by the beautiful things he said that concern life,” said Father Giulio.

Print edition

Since the suspension of the daily transmission of the Pope’s Masses, many readers have requested that the pdf editions be made available in print too.

The book could then be a concrete keepsake of the closeness of both Pope Francis and our Lord at this devastating time.

The digital edition of Strong in the Face of Tribulation can still be accessed for a limited time, while the print edition will soon be available through and through other publishers who obtain the rights to publish it. Vatican News