CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at a press briefing on Friday that “our prayers and thoughts” are with people who have lost a loved on to COVID-19, and that “our prayers” are with those who have been diagnosed with the virus or who have lost a job because of the pandemic.

Pelosi wore a pink cloth mask over her face when she entered the briefing room to speak with reporters, but then pulled it down and away from her mouth and chin as she conducted the briefing.

“So, our prayers and thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones,” said Pelosi. “Our prayers are with those who are diagnosed, over 900,000 people-approaching 900,000 people diagnosed–and also, 26 million having lost their jobs. Staggering numbers. Lots of personal and family grief.”

Later in the briefing, Pelosi called for God to bless those who homeschool their children, and told reporters the thought “Glory hallelujah” when her children had grown old enough that she no longer had to change their diapers.

“And, as far as homeschooling, God bless people who do that,” Pelosi said. “Because that–as a mother of five, I used to say that I had four in diapers at a time and just when that was–because they were all so close in age. And just when that ended, I thought, ‘Glory hallelujah.’  The light at the end of the tunnel was a train coming at me called homework.

“And the next years on homework,” Pelosi said. “That was ok then, but now the sophistication of the homework that kids get is quite challenging. So, I am a great admirer of those who have the patience and the know-how and the enthusiasm for homeschooling.”

Here are excerpts from the transcript of Pelosi’s press conference where she says “our prayers and thoughts” are with those who have lost loved ones and recalls when she had to change her children’s diapers:

Nancy Pelosi: “Good morning.  Thank you for being here.

“And what a sad day.  I know people, as am I, are quite shaken by the fact that we have passed the 50,000, number of people who have died from the coronavirus, mark.  Over 50,000.  The numbers are staggering, but each individual case is so heartbreaking.

“Yesterday, on the Floor, we heard about a five-year-old girl, her mother a police officer and her father a fire fighter.  Five years old and she died of the coronavirus.  And then we hear Maxine’s sister is dying.  Senator Warren’s brother died.  That is people we know, but people we don’t know, they are having the same kind of terrible grief in their families.  So, our prayers and thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones.  Our prayers are with those who are diagnosed, over 900,000 people – approaching 900,000 people diagnosed.  And also, 26 million having lost their jobs.  Staggering numbers.  Lots of personal and family grief. …

“And, as far as homeschooling, God bless people who do that.  Because that – as a mother of five, I used to say that I had four in diapers at a time and just when that was – because they were all so close in age.  And just when that ended, I thought, ‘Glory hallelujah.’  The light at the end of the tunnel was a train coming at me called homework.  And the next years on homework.  That was ok then, but now the sophistication of the homework that kids get is quite challenging.  So, I am a great admirer of those who have the patience and the know-how and the enthusiasm for homeschooling.”