Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - "Responding to the call of the Holy Father Pope Francis to pray intensely for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Jesus Youth movement organized a Eucharistic Adoration, with a prayer of intercession entitled 'Days of Mercy'. We want to pray for the world that suffers from the Covid-19 pandemic, and we entrust ourselves to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary": says to Fides Shoy Thomas, Coordinator of "Jesus Youth International", a Catholic lay movement present in more than 40 countries around the world including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia.
Shoy Thomas further stated: "The initiative is guided by an evangelical verse 'Lord, the one you love is sick" (Jn 11: 3) and involves thousands of our members and other faithful in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India. The Jesus Youth intercession groups from various countries lead the Eucharistic Adoration, and through the web other groups can join in the praise".
Shoy Thomas observes: "The spread of the Coronavirus has created havoc in many countries, including India, heavily affected in the second wave, and in many other countries and in the lives of each of us". He adds: "In this difficult time, we as a family of believers, children of the one Father, have thought of coming together to invoke God's mercy on all of us and pray for all those who are sick due to the virus and in need of healing, for all those who suffer in this pandemic". The leader concludes: "Along with this time of Eucharistic Adoration, our different groups in various countries have also organized prayer meetings with the recitation of the Rosary and the chaplet of Divine Mercy for the world suffering from the spread of the coronavirus". Jesus Youth, a Catholic lay movement born in India in 1985, has existed in Pakistan since 2008 and was officially approved by the Holy See in 2016. (AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 30/6/2021)