Rio de Janeiro's archbishop Orani João Tempesta held mass at the landmark and the church urged people to pray for the sick all over the world.
One of the most iconic statues in the world has become a message of peace, solidarity, and support for a planet afflicted by a dangerous pandemic. The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has been lit up with the flags of all the nations affected by the coronavirus.
The message #praytogether was also projected onto the statue in different languages.
Brazil reported its first case of the virus on February 26, and the infection numbers had risen to 261 by March 17. The first death has been announced in the country.