This picture taken and handout by the Vatican Media on April 5, 2020 reveals Pope Francis praying throughout Palm Sunday mass behind closed doorways at St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican, in the course of the lockdown aimed toward curbing the unfold of the COVID-19 an infection, brought on by the novel coronavirus.
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Pope Francis known as for braveness within the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by stay stream as an alternative of earlier than Saint Peter’s Sq. crowds.
The Vatican is abandoning centuries of custom and refraining from public celebrations of the official begin of the Catholic world’s Holy Week.
Pope Francis known as the pandemic a tragedy on Sunday that have to be confronted with braveness and hope.
“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love’,” the pope mentioned.
Palm Sunday marks the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem earlier than his crucifixion. Easter Sunday on April 12 celebrates his resurrection from the useless.
However most of the world’s 1.three billion Catholics are observing the sacred days underneath dwelling confinement — identical to the 83-year-old pontiff.
Pope Francis has been speaking with the surface world by video in order that crowds don’t collect to see and listen to him in one of many world’s most well-known squares.
Vatican Metropolis itself has been closed to vacationers for practically a month as a part of international efforts to cease the unfold of a illness that has formally killed greater than 65,000 individuals worldwide.
The Argentine-born pontiff went on to name on the trustworthy to beat their fears and keep in mind that they aren’t alone.
“When we have our back to the wall, when we find ourselves at a dead end, with no light and no way of escape, when it seems that God himself is not responding, we should remember that we are not alone,” the pope mentioned in his prayer.
Pope Francis himself went down with a chilly in late February and was reportedly examined for COVID-19 twice as a precaution as a result of seven individuals within the Vatican have caught the virus.
The Vatican says the pope is now in good well being.
Orthodox Christians rejoice Easter per week afterward April 19.