Pope Francis has announced a “marathon” month of prayer throughout the month on May to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

• Pope Francis has encouraged worshippers around the world to dedicate the month of May to praying for the end of the deadly virus which as seen more than three million die.

• The month will involve 30 Marian shrines, which are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, across the world which will encourage the faithful, families and communities to pray, reports the official Vatican News website:   https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-04/pope-francisshrines-may-2021-prayer-end-pandemic.html