The flags of the 166 countries where cases have been registered so far coronavirus were projected this Wednesday in a religious act without public to pray for all the sick in the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, the gigantic statue that crowns the Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
The event at one of the most emblematic tourist attractions in Brazil was led by the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, and only had photographers as direct spectators and credentialed cameramen, since the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer has been closed to the public since Tuesday.
The regional government of Rio de Janeiro announced on Monday the closure of the atr The city’s tourist actions as a measure to prevent the crowds from helping to spread the virus that transmits the disease.
The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro also ordered the closure of all natural parks in the country, including the Tijuca National Park, which includes the largest urban forest in the world and the Corcovado hill.
The special projection of the flags on the 30-meter concrete statue of Christ with open arms came immediately after the Cardinal of Rio prayed a Lord’s Prayer to intercede for the sick with coronaviruses around the world.
After the projection of the flags, in the body of the Christ the Redeemer the map of each of the continents with cases of the disease was exhibited.
“It is a time of prayer and union and among the peoples. We pray and ask God that the authorities find the ways and that all collaborate so that we can overcome this difficult time as soon as possible, “Tempesta explained.
” We pray so that we can hug and greet each other again with joy. This is precisely our hope and our trust, “added the cardinal.
The priest recalled that Pope Francis launched a campaign on Catholics in all countries and in all languages pray for the sick.
He added that in his prayer last Sunday the pontiff “invoked the end of the pandemic throughout the world, implored the cure for the sick, recalled the victims and asked that family and friends find comfort. ”
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of global cases of COVID-19 rose this Wednesday to 207,860 and that of the deceased amounts to 8,657 in 166 countries.
Brazil registered so far 428 confirmed cases of coronavirus, most of them in the state of Sao Paulo, where the first four deaths in the country have also been reported, and investigates another 9,000 considered “suspects”.