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Pope prays for families and against domestic violence in daily mass

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Pope Francis today prayed for peace within family homes amid widespread social distancing restrictions around the world, as countries try to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In particular, the Pope spoke out against domestic violence during his daily mass at the chapel at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis eading a Mass at Santa Marta, Vatican City
A handout picture provided by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis leading a Mass at Santa Marta, Vatican City, 04 May 2020. EPA-EFE/VATICAN MEDIA HANDOUT

“Today we pray for the families, in this time of quarantine. The family closed in their homes, trying to do many things, (to) be creative with children, with everybody in order to go forward,” the Pope said.
“And there is also the other thing, that sometimes there is domestic violence. We pray for the families, so that they continue in peace with creativity and patience in this quarantine.”

The mass was delivered with no faithful present amid ongoing social distancing restrictions.

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