Source: Angelus News

Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph.

The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.

Accounting for the time zone difference, the time indicated by the pope would be 1 p.m. Thursday for faithful on the West Coast.

The pope made the plea at the end of his weekly Wednesday General Audience, which was broadcast from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace due to the national quarantine under effect in Italy.

On Wednesday the Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced that Archbishop Jose H. Gomez would be joining the Holy Father in the recitation of the rosary Thursday at 1 p.m. Western time from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels via live stream at and Facebook.