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Pope Praises Dedication & Contribution of Mothers & Women Working During COVID Emergency

Praises Their Courage & Calls Us to Imitate

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The contributions and dedication of women, throughout history and evident during this health emergency, is worthy of recognition and praise…

Pope Francis expressed this following his Regina Caeli address, Monday, April 13, 2020, on Easter Monday, recalling how in today’s Gospel, it was women who gave the disciples the proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection.

Francis today recalled the remarkable example of Our Blessed Mother Mary, and went on to remember all the precious ways women contribute, always, and naming how so, during this emergency.

“Today,” the Holy Father said, “I would like to recall with you how much many women do, also in this time of health emergency, to take care of others: women doctors, nurses, agents of the forces of order and of prisons, employees of stores of goods of basic needs . . . and so many mothers and sisters and grandmothers that are shut-in at home with the whole family, with children, elderly and disabled persons.”

“Sometimes,” Francis acknowledged, “they are at risk of suffering violence for living together, of which they bear too great a weight.”

Pope Francis encouraged those following along to join him in praying for them.

“May the Lord,” he prayed, “give them the strength and may our communities be able to support them together with their families.”

“May the Lord,” the Pope concluded, “give us the courage of the women to go forward always.”

After the prayer, the Pontiff, deviated from his prepared remarks, to remember those countries hit gravely by coronavirus, especially Italy and the United States. He reminded them: “Don’t forget: the Pope prays for you…”

A few moments after concluding his remarks, the Pope surprisingly went to the window, and blessed an empty St. Peter’s Square.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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