Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil on Thursday night in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Catholics all over the world joined the Pope in praying the rosary to ask God to end the coronavirus pandemic.
Bishops asked the country’s Catholics to say the rosary in their homes starting at 9 p.m.
Word of the mass prayer vigil spread on social media after it was announced earlier this week and Catholics around the world joined in.
Pope Francis, who is secluded in the Vatican broadcast a video message over television as the prayers began.
According to Reuters, the fast-spreading, deadly virus has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else.