The pope announced he will give an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27 in an "empty" St. Peter's Square because all of Italy is on lockdown to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. (CNS photo/Alberto Lingria, Reuters)
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.
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. …