URBI ET ORBI
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing — which carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio — “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 5pm GMT Time March 27th.
"I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication"
- Pope Francis
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication
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.