Detroit Catholic, CNS News, March 26, 2020

VATICAN CITY (CNS)  — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time (1 p.m. Eastern) on Friday, March 27.

The formal blessing — usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter — carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio, are sorry for their sins, recite a few prescribed prayers and promise to go to confession and to receive the Eucharist as soon as possible.

The special blessing will be streamed live from and Vatican News’ Facebook page, and the CatholicTV (CTV) will carry it live at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

In the Detroit area, the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) will broadcast the blessing live at 1 p.m. Eastern. CTND can be found on channel 398 for Comcast Xfinity customers, Spectrum Cable 16, or Wyandotte Cable channel 73.

The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will also broadcast the blessing on tape delay at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday. …

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