Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the Rosary on the Feast of St. Joseph.
The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the Bishops of Italy.
The pope made the plea at the end of his weekly Wednesday General Audience, which was broadcast from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace due to the national quarantine under effect in Italy.
Accounting for the time zone difference, the time indicated by the pope would be 3 pm Thursday for faithful in the Diocese of Dallas.