Pope Francis has encouraged the faithful all over the world to pray the rosary during the month of May for an end to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary,” the pope said.

Noting that it is common for families to pray the rosary together during the month of May, he said restrictions in place in many parts of the world due to COVID-19 “have made us come to appreciate all the more this family aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.”

“For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May,” he said, explaining that it can be done either as a group or individually based on people’s circumstances, but “making the most of both opportunities.”

“Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial,” he said, adding that he is praying for all Catholics, above all those who are experiencing the greatest suffering.